Thousands gather to voice protest #IamGauri in Bengaluru
BENGALURU : With the brutal assassination of the renowned journalist Gauri Lankesh, when her body was found outside her apartment, the city of Bengaluru has thousands of people from different phases of life have gathered at the #IamGauri protest organized by the Gauri Lankesh Hatya Virodhi Horata Vedike (The Forum Against the Assassination of Gauri Lankesh) in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Slogans of ‘Nanoo Gauri’ (I am Gauri) filled the air and hundreds of policemen had a tough time managing the protestors. Activists, writers and journalists participated from across the country for the protest. Students and members of organizations of various ideologies marched from city railway station and gathered at Central College. Traffic was disturbed along the entire stretch till afternoon.
The protest had participants from Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), AAP, Ambedkarite groups, Muslim organizations, transgender community, students, writers, activists, theatre personalities, actors, journalists and several NGOs participated. Teesta Setalvad, AK Subaiah, Sitaram Yechury, Medha Patkar, P Sainath, Prakash Rai, Kavitha Krishnan, Girish Karnad, Anand Patwardhan, Siddharth Varadarajan, Sagarika Ghose, Justice Venkatachalapathy, Prashanth Bhushan, HS Doreswamy were among those present.
Gauri’s team has produced books written and translated by her; were on sale at the protest site along with her tabloid. The organizers were also raising funds of Rs 12 lakh from individuals that is the cost of conducting the rally.
Activist Teesta Setalvad said that no fascist force should be able to take away the freedom of questioning and rationalist thinking, and reminded the protesters how Gauri felt about youngsters being the real voice of opposition in the country.Medha Patkar recalled that Gauri was also a part of Narmada Bachao Andolan. She said, “Those who want to crush, not just the Constitution, but also aspirations of equality are in power today.”
Gauri Lankesh will always be remembered for her brave Journalism. She inspired many people to speak their mind without fear.
“We believe in the law and order of the country and are sure that Gauri Lankesh will get justice.” said one of the students in the protest.