The seven days of jallikattu protests

Protest on Marina brings traffic to a standstill

Pro-jallikattu protesters on the Marina Beach promenade in Chennai on Tuesday.

Pro-jallikattu protesters on the Marina Beach promenade in Chennai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: R. Ravindran

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Hundreds of college students participated in a protest meeting held on the Marina Beach on Tuesday. The meeting was organised to show solidarity with the protesters arrested by the police at Alanganallur.

The protest, which started off peacefully in the morning, turned into a nightmare for motorists in the evening as the crowd started swelling, leading to a huge pile-up of vehicles. Even several ambulances got stuck on the supposedly wide Kamarajar Salai. The police had a tough time regulating the traffic.

Many youngsters assembled on the footpath of Kamarajar Salai opposite Vivekanandar Illam to condemn the police action against protesters at Alanganallur. The protesters, predominantly college students, raised slogans against PETA and the Central Government for not taking steps to hold jallikattu. The protestors also highlighted the importance of celebrating the traditional sport of the State.

A senior official of the Chennai City Police said that despite talks, there had been no breakthrough, with the protesters refusing to budge from their stand.

Proponents of jallikattu taking part in an agitation against the ban on the bull-taming sport, on the Marina beach in Chennai on Tuesday. — Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Proponents of jallikattu taking part in an agitation against the ban on the bull-taming sport, on the Marina beach in Chennai on Tuesday. — Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam  

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