Delhi chief minister calls protest to disrupt Republic Day
NEW DELHI (AFP) - The campaigning chief minister of New Delhi who swept to power last month after leading protests against corruption called on Monday for a mass demonstration to disrupt Republic Day celebrations at the weekend.
Arvind Kejriwal, a firebrand grassroots organiser, took to the streets near the site of the annual Republic Day military parade on Monday to press his demands for reforms of the police in the capital.
"I couldn't sleep last night. All those who think their daughters, wives are not safe on Delhi streets, come and join us here," he said after battling police blockades to reach a spot near the presidency building.
"Earlier I thought it would create problems with the Republic Day celebrations. But celebrations are meaningless if we look at the current state of affairs," he told the crowd gathered around him.