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Protesters rally against Indian environmentalist's detention

CA, 16 Feb 2021
Protesters rallied in India on Tuesday demanding the release of a 22-year-old environmentalist accused of sedition for an online document in support of farmers' protests.

Police say Disha Ravi, a leader of the local arm of climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg's advocacy group, created and shared a "toolkit" or an action plan that was used to foment violence in New Delhi last month during the protests.

Her supporters have denied she did anything illegal and said the toolkit was an information pack about the protests, which erupted late last year to demand a rollback of three new agricultural laws, and was not designed to incite violence.

Her arrest in her hometown of Bengaluru on Feb. 14 has stoked outrage and comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government faces allegations it is suppressing dissent.

The government denies the charge and says people are free to protest if it is done peacefully.

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