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4 detained for waving Palestinian flag during World Cup cricket match in Kolkata

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Four people were detained for waving the Palestinian flag during the Pakistan-Bangladesh World Cup cricket match at Eden Gardens stadium on Tuesday.

“We have detained two of them for waving the Palestinian flag near gate number 6 and the other two at Block G1. We are trying to find out their motive,” a senior police officer told PTI news agency.

Two of them are residents of Jharkhand, while the other two are from Kolkata’s Ekbalpore and neighbouring Howrah.

“Policemen posted there at first could not understand what the protesters were up to. Then they waved the flag of Palestine and were detained. They, however, did not raise any slogan,” the police officer said.

The men were expressing their solidarity with the people of Palestine who have been facing the genocidal violence of Israel. At least 8500 were killed in Gaza by Israel since 7 October.

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