A protest against ‘fascism’ through singing and dancing in the streets was conducted by a group of people in Kochi on Saturday.
The protestors, under the banner people against fascism took to streets, dancing, and singing with the slogans against ‘fascist forces’ and ‘intolerances’.
Around 60 organisations, including private firms, NGOs and welfare associations took part in the event which they termed ‘Freedom March’. The protest also had the presence of prominent literary figures, activists and media persons.
The organisers say that the event was mainly against the growing intolerance in the country and protect the freedom of a person on his/her personal choices.
People from different districts and different background who mainly holds a left lineage took part in the protest.
However one of the organisers of the event KK Shahina said that the participants of the event joint hands irrespective of their political ideologies.
“This is the first step to create a broad and open minded space among the people of Kerala, which is free from the influence of religious and community organisations and political parties,” Shahina wrote on Facebook.
As a continuation to the protest on Sunday in Kochi another event ‘Manushya Sangamam’ will be held where many celebrities would participate.
A dance programme organised by actress Rima Kallingal and team named ‘ellarum adanu’ (all are dancing) with slogan ‘let us drive away intolerance through dance’.
“I participated in the programme against increasing incidents of intolerance in our country. It was organized against Hindu extremism, Muslim terrorism and all other religious intolerance and fascist mentalities. We cannot allow someone to decide, what we should eat or wear. I considered the event as a walk of human beings,” said a participant of the function and prominent journalist Sudeep J Salim.