COVID-19: DMK chief Stalin calls for withdrawal of anti-CAA protest in Chennai

South India

CHENNAI: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President MK Stalin urged anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters in Chennai to withdraw their protest in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.


DMK chief met the protesters at Washermenpet on Monday evening and requested them to put off their protests against CAA and NPR citing the novel coronavirus scare.

"I am requesting you (protesters) to take preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. You should withdraw the protest and postpone it. We are there to support you," said Stalin while addressing the protesters.

However, the protesters turned down his request and asked Stalin to participate in the agitation.

So far, three people have died of the infection and the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has climbed to 126 in the country.

Globally, the virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has infected more than 167,500 people and killed 6600 others.

The health ministry has issued advisory on measures to enforce social distancing and suggesting shut down of all educational instituions gymnasiums, museums, cultural and social centres, swimming pools and theatres till March 31.

With inputs from Agency

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