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Mass rally in New Delhi to protest Netanyahu’s visit to India; protesters burn his effigy

Mass rally in New Delhi to protest Netanyahu’s visit to India; protesters burn his effigy

Protesters in the Indian capital denounced Benjamin Netanyahu’s “historic” arrival in India – the first by an Israeli leader in 15 years. People burned an effigy with the PM’s picture, urging him to go back home.

A group of men gathered in New Delhi on Saturday holding placards and banners with crossed-out images of the Israeli prime minister that read “Go back, Netanyahu” in English and Hindu. As the crowd shouted anti-Israeli slogans, a man in the front held a burning effigy, with pictures of the Israeli flag and Netanyahu attached to it, as seen in footage from Ruptly.

A similar protest has been staged in the city of Kargil where hundreds demonstrated against the visit and later burned Netanyahu in effigy.

The PM landed at the New Delhi airport Sunday in “a historic and special visit,” Indian counterpart Narendra Modi said. The leaders hope to strengthen ties between the two countries during the six-day visit, with deals on cybersecurity, energy, and space cooperation expected to be signed.