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India: Two Dead After Mumbai Protest Turns Violent

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | August 15th, 2012 | Trackback

A protest-turned-riot near Mumbai’s largest transit hub, Chhatrapati Shivaji train station, left two dead and effectively brought the city to a standstill Aug. 11. Thousands converged in the country’s financial center to protest anti-Muslim violence in the state of Assam, which erupted in July. Police used tear gas and fired shots in an attempt to disperse the angry mob, and arrested several protestors who were throwing rocks and setting vehicles on fire. At least 50 people were injured in the clash, many of them police officers. The U.S. Consulate advised travelers to avoid the Azad Maidan area of Mumbai if possible, and to monitor local news reports for updates.

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