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India: Rally against intolerance ends in clashes outside parliament


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India: Rally against intolerance ends in clashes outside parliament

Protesters from India’s opposition Congress Party clashed with police near parliament on Monday as a rally against perceived intolerance ended in ugly scenes.

There have been a number of protests including by filmmakers, historians and scientists claiming religious and other bigotry is growing under Narendra Modi and his ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

A string of writers have returned government awards in protest against the rising number of attacks on religious minorities in India.

In recent months, a man was beaten to death amid rumours he had slaughtered a cow and another was murdered for espousing atheism, incidents that have stoked fears for India’s tradition of tolerance.

Bollywood stars have also spoken out.

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