Actor Simbu has strongly condemned attempts made by certain quarters in depicting the week-long Jallikkattu protests indulged in by students and youths from 16-22 January as politically motivated. “It would do well to remember that Muslims offered great help during the December 2015 Chennai floods as well,” he told newsmen.
The week-long Jallikkattu protests on Marina Beach as well as in other cities in Tamil Nadu were brought to a bloody end last Monday (23rd January) as police lathi-charged silent protesters, indulged in violence, attacked people at will and even set fire to parked vehicles. Plenty of youths and students were arrested, an act which was hugely criticized by political parties and others.
“It’s wrong to give a political colour to the protests which were spontaneous, involuntary and were emotional. Muslims provided food to flood victims during the December 2015 floods. Could it have been because of their hatred for the country and the countrymen? People fought on their own and took part willingly as families in the protest held on the Marina.
“There were no leaders to lead the protest and the success of the protest was achieved only by the combined effort of all concerned. Had the police remained patient, no violent incidents would have taken place.
Protesters should have been made aware of the implications of the emergency ordinance by a Govt. representative. It is also regrettable that we weren’t permitted properly to celebrate the massive success of the Jallikkattu protests,” Simbu said.