Even as India locks down over the coronavirus — the IPL has been postponed, and schools and colleges are shutting down across the country — the Shaheen Bagh protesters seem determined to continue their protests. And they now want the very government that they have been protesting to help them out.
Times Now reports that Shaheen Bagh’s protesters, who’ve been illegally occupying a crucial road in Delhi since 15th December 2019, have asked the government to provide screening set up at the protest venue, which will screen people coming to the protest site for coronavirus’ symptoms. The protesters have also demanded sanitisers and masks for their own safety. Shaheen Bagh protestors will hold a press conference on Delhi riots and will touch upon the issue of COVID-19.
The Delhi government, where the protests are taking place, had earlier announced that it would not allow IPL matches to be held in the state, because large gatherings could lead to an outbreak of the coronavirus. It has also shut down schools and movie theatres till the end of the month, and Health Minister Manish Sisodia has urged people to not gather in large numbers.
The protests at Shaheen Bagh, though, continue unabated for now, with hundreds of people congregated at the protest site. And with the protesters now demanding services from the government including masks and health santisers, Shaheen Bagh seems to clearly believe that the rules that the rest of the country don’t apply to their own little enclave.