Thousands of Students Take Over Kolkata Streets to Protest Police Brutality

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As part of a conflict that has been escalating for days, tens of thousands of university students flooded the streets of Kolkata, India, on Saturday to protest what they called police brutality on their campus.

Images of the gathering and messages of support flooded Twitter and Facebook under the hashtag #Hokkolorob, which means “Let’s make noise” or “Let there be shouts” in Hindi

The unrest stems from an incident last month, in which a student at Jadavpur University in Kolkata was allegedly sexually assaulted on campus, according to multiple reports. Unsatisfied with officials’ response, students began to protest, demanding an independent investigation into the attack. Those demonstrations boiled over in in the wee hours of the morning on Sept. 18 outside vice-chancellor Abhijit Chakraborti’s office Read more…

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Kate Sommers-Dawes

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