January 18, 2017 11:02 IST

Jallikattu protest at Chennai's Marina beach

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The massive protests by youth at the Marina Beach here demanding holding of jallikattu - the bull-taming sport - and banning animal rights group PETA continued into late night with talks with government officials failing on Tuesday.
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The protest started in the morning after hearing the news about the arrest of jallikattu protestors in Alanganallur in Madurai district. Despite police disconnecting the power supply at Marina Beach, the protestors continued their protest with the help of their mobile phone lights in the night.
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The protestors got their boost with popular actor Vijay lending his support by saluting the protestors. "Law was not created to rob people off their tradition and rights but to protect it. Jallikattu is every Tamilian's identity. Those who are protesting against the ban on Jallikattu are united by the feeling that they are Tamilians but not out of compulsion or political pressure. I bow down to each and every one of them," Vijay said in a video message.
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Actor Suriya, in between his promotional tour for upcoming Tamil action "C3", lashed out at animal rights advocacy group PETA, which is aggressively campaigning against Jallikattu. Actor G.V Prakash, singer-lyricist Arunraja Kamaraj and filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj joined supporters on ground on Tuesday. While Prakash and Arunraja are observing silent protest against the arrest of those in Alanganallur in Marina beach here, Karthik is leading the crowd in Madurai.
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On Monday, thousands of youths who started their protest in Alanganallur in Madurai district against a Supreme court ban on the bull-taming sport, were taken into custody by the police on Tuesday as the protest extended overnight.
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The court also held that bulls cannot be used as performing animals either for Jallikattu events or for bullock-cart races in the Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country. Ever since the ban order, people have been demanding that the central government take necessary legal steps to allow the conduct of the sport.