Police on Monday morning explained to protestors that their demands had been fulfilled and that they should now end their protest and leave the premises. However, students refused to relent, and moved towards the water, fearing that police might forcefully evacuate them. They have threatened to continue to protest in the sea if the police tries to make them give up the protest.
Under these circumstances, actor-director Raghava Lawrence posted a video on his Twitter account in which he has made an emotional appeal to students to not enter the sea.
The actor said, “I got a call at 6.00 am this morning saying that the students at the Marina had been dispersed. Last night, several students had come to meet me at the hospital. We had decided then itself that we would meet, discuss and bring this protest to an end the next day. We had decided that we would explain to everybody by around 10 am with the help of a lawyer. However, this morning, I panicked after I got the call this morning. I switched on the TV only to find people running helter skelter. There was a lady who called me and said, ‘Brother, they are beating me. Please come. I couldn’t bear that. I went to the Marina but the cops didn’t allow me to go in. I asked the cops with folded hands to let me in but they refused. I told them to give me an hour or two to talk to the boys and convince them. The boys will listen to me. I tried to go through different routes but couldn’t go in.
“I appeal to the students not to get into the water. Our lives are important. I will somehow come to the place in Marina within an hour. Please don’t be scared. Do not get into the water. Please look after the children. If you are pushed or beaten, please move and stand to one side. Your lives are important.”