New Delhi: After two months of demonstrations, the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest at Lucknow’s Clock Tower was called off ‘temporarily’ on Monday morning in view of the nationwide lockdown over coronavirus infection. Also Read - Uber Partners With NHA to Provide Cab Service For COVID-19 Healthcare Workers
The women protesters, who were inspired by the women on a sit-in at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, said they were suspending their protest in view of the corona scare, but would return to protest site as soon as the current situation eases. Also Read - Don't Panic, This is Delhi Government's WhatsApp Number: Kejriwal on Delhi's Corona Battle
According to reports, the decision was taken after a senior cleric appealed to the protesters and asked them to call off their protest for the time being in public interest. Also Read - Air India Halts All Bookings Till April 30, But What About Employees' Pay?
Notably, the protesting women left behind their “dupattas” and their cots as a mark of continuing agitation. They also requested the local administration to allow a status quo at the protest site.
The Clock Tower protest in Lucknow began on January 17 when the entire nation was raging against the Centre’s move. Repeated attempts were made by the police to force the protesters out and vacate the area. The Lucknow administration did not even allow the women to put up a tent.
Three protesters died after falling ill in winter rains. Nevertheless, they remained relentless and sturdy and continued their protests until now.
Notably, in Delhi, although the Shaheen Bagh protests have not been called off, the street mostly remained deserted over growing fears of the contagion and due to the government-imposed lockdown.