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Marina beach erupts in protest against Jallikattu ban, thousands stay put overnight

Even as the Union government remains silent on issuing an ordinance allowing Jallikattu, the protests in Tamil Nadu against the ban on the sport refuse to die down, and have since only gathered more momentum. About 5000 youngsters gathered at the Marina beach in Chennai late on Tuesday evening and stayed overnight, asking that the ban be revoked.

Protesters slept on the beach, stating that they will not leave until Jallikattu is allowed to happen. Some of them also asked for a meeting with TN CM O Panneerselvam.

The number of protesters was so high that the crowd spilled over to the beach road.

The protesters also demanded a ban on People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the organization which has been fighting the legal battle to ban Jallikattu.

The protesters were peaceful and held posters and placards in support of Jallikattu.

The entire protest was galvanised on social media, with no single organization taking the lead in the protest.

The police, present in heavy numbers, asked the protesters to disperse, but they refused.

People participating the protest helped each other with food and water.

RJ Balaji, who has been vocal in his support for Jallikattu, also attended the protest.

@RJ_Balaji is now #MarinaBeach with protestors to support #JalliKattu

— Chennaites (@ChennaitesFb) January 17, 2017

Source: The News Minute