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Gang rape protesters clash again with Indian police

By Ashok Sharma

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:52 a.m. HST, Dec 23, 2012

NEW DELHI >>  Police in India's capital used tear gas and water cannons for a second day today in a high-security zone to break up protests by thousands of people demonstrating against the gang rape and beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus.

Police chased angry protesters with batons some of whom fought pitched battles with steel rods and rocks as they tried to get past steel barricades and a wall created by hundreds of policemen to reach the president's mansion to present their demands. "We want justice," they shouted.

Television footage showed that some protesters were injured in the clashes.

The protesters made bonfires and damaged cars and police vehicles.

Police blamed the violence on hooligans. "A peaceful protest by people has been taken over by hooligans," Dharmendra Kumar, a senior police officer, told reporters. He urged people to go home to help police deal with the trouble makers.

The demonstrations continued Sunday despite Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde promising to consider their main demand for death penalties for all six suspects who have been arrested by police following the Dec. 16 attack.

Shinde said Saturday night that the government was taking steps to better ensure the safety of women.

A group of protesters met Sonia Gandhi, the governing Congress party chief, and her son and lawmaker Rahul Gandhi, on Sunday and demanded a speedy trial of the suspects.

Popular yoga guru Babar Ramdev stood on the roof of a bus and pledged support to the protesters. "The government must set up fast-track courts to punish the offenders in rape attacks," he said.

The attack one week ago has sparked days of protests across the country. The victim is recovering from injuries in a New Delhi government hospital but is still in critical condition.

After battling the protesters throughout the day on Saturday, authorities early on Sunday banned their entry into the high-security zone, which also houses the offices of the prime minister and defense, home and external affairs ministries. Police evicted dozens of protesters who had spent the night there.

However, as groups of protesters marched through the streets of New Delhi and began converging on the high-security area on Sunday, authorities withdrew the ban on the assembly of more than five people there. But it set up barricades to keep them away from the president's residence.

Protesters tried to break the police cordon repeatedly by hurling stones and water bottles and pressing against the steel barricades. Policemen responded by firing tear gas and using water cannons against them. The battle continued throughout the day.

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hunebasami wrote:
hang them. If they did it to my daughter I would hang them.
on December 22,2012 | 05:16AM
Pocho wrote:
I'd shoot time on shoot, ain't gonna wait let them live another minute waiting for the authorities to decided their faith
on December 22,2012 | 06:26AM
Anonymous wrote:
this has nothing to do with their faith, but instead it has a lot to do with their eventual fate!
on December 22,2012 | 09:32AM
aomohoa wrote:
Not nice to make fun of Pocho, Anonymous.
on December 22,2012 | 04:40PM
Pocho wrote:
I'd shoot em on the spot. Ain't gonna wait to let them live another minute for the authorities to decied their faith!
on December 23,2012 | 07:56AM
Mike174 wrote:
Whoa! Terrible! Bet there is more to this story though...
on December 22,2012 | 06:17AM
grantos wrote:
It's called rapid urbanization without its government, population, society, and culture being ready for it
on December 22,2012 | 08:40AM
environmental_lady wrote:
Lesson: don't visit India. Women are at risk there.
on December 22,2012 | 12:40PM
Remember when Richard Gere went over there to help and he gave a thank you kiss on the check of an Indian woman and they made a very big deal of it? Now going back to this story, you guys are nuts, I wouldn't kill the guys. I would slowly give them the Chinese torture and kill them very slowly. MMMMmmmmmmmmm Maybe make them suffer a week or sooo. A glass tube in there p _ _ _ s and a _ s, then crack them, just like the Germans did in WWII. I hate GANG RAPES.
on December 22,2012 | 06:51PM
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