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Nearly a week after watching on the sidelines the Jallikattu protest on the Marina Beach and in other places in the state, the Tamil Nadu Police on Monday morning started evicting the protesters. Jallikattu is a popular bull-taming sport of Tamil Nadu. The police action came on the day when the state assembly was set to meet here.
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The police physically pulled out the protesters who were sitting at the protest venue. The scene reminded of a 'tug-of-war' game but without ropes as protesters held back the colleagues who were being pulled out by the police. In Coimbatore, police-women and -men, pounced on a protestor who stood up with a kerosene canister and threatened to self-immolate. They were successful in taking away the inflammable liquid.
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The eviction comes a day after the state government organised Jallikattu in several places following the promulgation of an ordinance enabling the same. Not satisfied with that, the protesters demanded a "permanent" solution, that is, amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act by the central government taking out bulls from the list of performing animals. The police arrived at the Marina Beach on Sunday night. On Monday morning they urged the protesters to vacate Marina which was not heeded to.
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Police evict Jallikattu protesters at Marina beach in Tamil Nadu.