Assam rises in protest against terror

November 4th, 2008 - 9:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, Nov 4 (IANS) The entire Assam has risen in protest against terrorism taking out processions, and holding candlelight rallies and street corner prayers condemning Thursday’s deadly wave of bombings that killed 80 people and left 300 more injured. Streets in Guwahati and other towns and cities in the state were full of protestors Tuesday night - some marching the thoroughfares holding banners and placards, while at almost every street corner one could witness men and women offering prayers and lighting candles and earthen lamps.

“This is a call from within the hearts of everyone in Assam to do whatever is possible to protest the terror strikes and pray for the eternal peace of those killed in the blasts,” said Mridumala Baruah, an elderly woman, performing community prayers at a street corner here.

In almost all shops and businesses, residences and offices, candles or earthen lamps were lit - not only in Guwahati, but across Assam.

“The way people of Assam are taking to the streets to protest the terror strikes is heartening,” Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said.

Small children holding anti-terror placards marched through a city street with a steely resolve writ large on their faces - a reminder to the fact that even children are ready to fight terror in their own way.

“We want peace, not bloodshed,” read a placard carried by a schoolgirl here.

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