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04 Dec 2020 | 10:30 AM UTC

India: RJD plans protest at Gandhi Maidan in Patna from 1000 December 5; avoid rally

RJD plans protest at Gandhi Maidan in Patna, India, from 1000 Dec. 5. Increased security and transport disruptions likely; clashes possible.

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Event

Leaders of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) opposition party have called for a protest beginning 1000 Dec. 5 in Gandhi Maidan, Patna. Organizers say the protest is to condemn recent controversial agricultural reforms introduced by the central government and to show support for farmers protesting on the outskirts of Delhi. Participation in the Dec. 5 rally will likely be in the hundreds.

Police will likely deploy in significant numbers to the intended rally site to monitor the demonstrations. Authorities could enact roadblocks near Gandhi Maidan to prevent protesters from gathering. Ground transport disruptions are likely as protesters arrive and depart the rally venue. Clashes between protesters and police are possible, especially if demonstrators attempt to cross police roadblocks or if security personnel attempt to disperse the activists.

Advice

Avoid Gandhi Maidan during the Dec. 5 rally as a standard security precaution. If violence breaks out nearby, vacate the area immediately and take shelter in a secure building. Heed all security personnel instructions. Allow additional travel time near Gandhi Maidan and nearby areas of Patna.

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