‪‎Flower Protest‬ against ‘Media Trial’ in JNU

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New Delhi: The JNU students organized a unique protest in the campus by offering ‘red roses’ to news reporters. The protest was organised against what the students call ‘media trial’ of  Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and some other representatives of the students on national news channels.

‪‎Flower Protest‬ against 'Media Trial' in JNU

The students accused news channels like TIMES NOW, ZEE NEWS, AAJ TAK & NewsX of demonizing their representatives and putting their life in danger by labelling them ‘anti-national’.

‪‎Flower Protest‬ against 'Media Trial' in JNU

Earlier, JNU students organized a protest march by carrying ‘red roses’ as a means to transform violent protests into peaceful affirmative spectacle in support of JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar.

‪‎Flower Protest‬ against 'Media Trial' in JNU

The protesters held the flowers in their hands while marching from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar to demand the release of Kumar.

‪‎Flower Protest‬ against 'Media Trial' in JNU

The protesters said they would offer the flowers to their possible attackers.

‪‎Flower Protest‬ against 'Media Trial' in JNU

The unique protest march was organized after the peaceful protesters faced several attacks in past couple of days by the rightwing groups.

‪‎Flower Protest‬ against 'Media Trial' in JNU

Kumar was arrested Friday last in a sedition case, in connection with an event against hanging of Afzal Guru, during which slogans in favour of Afzal and Kashmir’s freedom were allegedly raised.

‪‎Flower Protest‬ against 'Media Trial' in JNU

The slogan “Flower power” was used as a symbol of passive resistance and non-violent ideology during late 1960s and early 1970s.
The expression was coined by the American beat poet Allen Ginsberg in 1965 as a means to transform war protests into peaceful affirmative spectacles during the Vietnam War.

V Arun Kumar

Arun is a research scholor in ‘International Organisation’ at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi

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