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#IAmGauri protest takes Bengaluru streets by storm; Sitaram Yechury, Medha Patkar join rally

Thousands took to the streets of Bengaluru on Tuesday to demand justice for journalist Gauri Lankesh, according to media reports.

According to India Today, around 50,000 people were expected to attend the day-long protest, which was described by the organisers as a movement to resist the quashing of dissent all over India.

Hundreds of activists, thinkers and writers from all over the country participated in the protest rally, demonstration and a public meeting at Central College grounds, India Today reported.

Lankesh, the 55-year-old editor of a Kannada tabloid Gauri Lankesh Patrike, was gunned down outside her home in the city's southwest suburb on the night of 5 September by an unknown assailant.

Wearing black head bands that read "I am Gauri", the protesters took out the march from the city railway station to the Central College Grounds, where a protest meeting would be held later during the day.

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and noted social activist Medha Patkar also joined in the protest.

Well-known journalists P Sainath and Sagarika Ghose, Prashant Bhushan and Yogandra Yadav of Swaraj India and civil rights activists Teesta Setalvad, Kavitha Krishnan and film producer Prakash Rai were also join.

The forum "Gauri Lankesh Hatya Virodhi Vedike" decided to hold the national-level resistance convention.

Progressive thinkers, writers, social activists, artistes and intellectuals formed the forum last week to protest Lankesh's killing.

Patriotic songs, street plays, screening of short films and paintings and music concerts will be held during the event.

This is not the first protest in Bengaluru since Lankesh's death.

On 5 September, senior Kannada writers and activists gathered in front of Town Hall in Bengaluru.

On Tuesday, Karnataka's Aam Aadmi Party was a prominent participant in the protest, with journalist-turned-politician Ashish Khetan also joining the rally.

Members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), Karnataka Janashakthi and several student groups were also part of the rally.

With inputs from IANS


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Updated Date: Sep 13, 2017 06:54:13 IST

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