On Sunday, November 25, an estimated 200,000 Hindu activists rallied in the city of Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) to demand the construction of a Hindu temple on a contested plot of land in Ayodhya. According to reports, the rally was organized by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) Hindu nationalist party. A heavy security presence was reported in the area during the rally. Nevertheless, the demonstrators dispersed peacefully and no violent incidents were reported by local police. Further demonstrations and associated transportation disruptions are possible in the near term.
During a similar demonstration in 1992, Hindu activists tore down the Babri Masjid Mosque in Ayodhya, sparking violent protests which led to the death of at least 2000 people. According to Hindus, the site is the birthplace of Rama, a Hindu deity.
Individuals in Ayodhya are advised to monitor the situation, avoid public gatherings, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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