Hundreds protest Lankesh murder in Bengaluru

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AAP, Ambedkarite groups, Muslim organisations, transgenders, students, writers, activists, theatre personalities, actors, journalists and several NGOs participated. Thousands of people are expected to join the protests that will begin in a rally from Bengaluru City Railway station to Central college grounds in the city.

Police are investigating her murder but no arrests have yet been made.

Guha's remarks were allegedly in the context of the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru on September 5. Many Naxals who came into the mainstream after giving up weapons did not send her hate mails or calls.

They questioned as to who is conducting the protest convention condemning the murder of Gauri Lankesh.

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Gauri Lankesh was known for her left-leaning views.

She also voiced support for the Naxalites, or Maoist rebels who have been carrying out a bloody insurgency against the government.

Protesters marched in huge numbers with I am Gauri posters and headbands.

Protestors sang protest songs and raised slogans such as "Gauri Lankesh Amar Rahe" (Long live Gauri Lankesh) and demanded that Lankesh's assailants be brought to book. A painting of Gauri Lankesh, a pyramid of umbrellas bearing messages of resistance, and life-sized dolls representing people from diverse cultures and faiths were some of the art installations at the grounds.

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"Gauri Lankesh was murdered only to silence the voice of humanity and democratic struggles that she represented", the statement said. "The idea of a socialist and secular India is still alive".

A security guard walks past a placard installed at the Press Club of Kolkata in solidarity with Lankesh. Freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, writer Girish Karnad, poet Chandrashekar Patil, writers Devanur Mahadeva, Baragur Ramachandrappa and Kum Veerabhadrappa, were among those present. "If I can fight for change at 99 years old, why can t you fight?"

The report said CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, noted social activist Medha Patkar, journalists P. Sainath and Sagarika Ghose, Swaraj India leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, documentary producers Anand Patwardhan and Rakesh Sharma, and civil rights activists Teesta Setalvad, Kavitha Krishnan and Jignesh Mevani, besides film producer Praksah Rai participated in the event.

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