New Delhi: The JNU students organized a unique protest on the campus by offering ‘red roses’ to news reporters. The protest was organised against what the students called the ‘media trial’ of Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and some other representatives of the students on national news channels.
The students accused news channels like TIMES NOW, ZEE NEWS, AAJ TAK and NewsX of demonizing their representatives and putting their lives in danger by labelling them ‘anti-national’.
Earlier, JNU students organized a protest march by carrying ‘red roses’ as a means to transform violent protests into a peaceful affirmative spectacle in support of JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar.
The protesters held the flowers in their hands while marching from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar to demand the release of Kumar. The protesters said they would offer the flowers to their possible attackers.
The unique protest march was organized after the peaceful protesters faced several attacks in the past couple of days by the right-wing groups.
Kumar was arrested Friday last in a sedition case, in connection with an event against the hanging of Afzal Guru, during which slogans in favour of Afzal and Kashmir’s freedom were allegedly raised.
The slogan “Flower Power” was used as a symbol of passive resistance and non-violent ideology during the 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.