Mumbai, India – On a day when a group of more than a dozen protesters gathered outside the Bombay High Court to call for the demolition of iconic buildings, the city’s famous red brick houses were among the citys most prominent reminders of the city that the protesters are demanding.
The protest was held at the end of a week of nationwide anti-graft marches and rallies, and was led by former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has been vocal about his opposition to the controversial anti-corruption campaign known as Operation Blue Star.
On Saturday, protesters also stormed the Mumbai police headquarters and stormed the state government building.
The protesters had planned to march on the Maharashtra government building, which was demolished in 2016 to make way for a proposed road project.
On Friday, the protesters, who were mostly students, held a rally outside the government office where a police officer was killed by protesters during an anti-black mob attack last year.
The officer’s body was later found burnt in a park.
On Sunday, the protest turned violent as a group threw stones at the police headquarters, smashing windows and damaging cars.
The protesters also set fire to a car belonging to the local police commissioner, causing it to be overturned.
In a tweet on Sunday, Mr Singh condemned the violence and called for a peaceful protest.
“As a society, we have come to a point where we cannot allow the police and judiciary to be used to suppress peaceful protests,” he said in the tweet.
“The violence in Mumbai is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
The protesters demanded the demolition and replacement of the buildings with green space and better infrastructure.
They also demanded the release of the three activists who were detained by police during the protests, and the cancellation of the plans for a road project in the area.
The police had denied the request.
The activists have also demanded that the city council, which is the city government, release all the officials detained since the protests began, and that all officials who were injured during the violent clashes be compensated.
A spokesman for the protesters said that they were not seeking to arrest anyone.