[ View the story "Indians call for Owaisi's arrest" on Storify] Indians call for Owaisi's arrest Indian politician arrested for incendiary comments about Hindus after an eleven-day Twitter campaign
The Stream· Wed, Jan 09 2013 14:47:10
In the days following the speech, outrage spread over Twitter, including calls to #ArrestOwaisi.
#arrestOwaisi for trying to disturb secular fabric of this countryअंकित जैन
Imagine #Hindu speaking against muslims in same manner in #Pakistan, the way #Owaisi does. #SoMuchForBeingSecular?Krishna Pandey
Owaisi is hindering with brains of Young Indian Muslims from long term..He shd be put under sedition.Nation is sinking to hell #ArrestOwaisiNaman Kapoor
Hindus-open your eyes/ears! #ArrestOwaisi #ArrestOwaisi #ArrestOwaisi #ArrestOwaisi #ArrestOwaisi #ArrestOwaisi #ArrestOwaisi #ArrestOwaisiGirish Podar
#ArrestOwaisi for spreading communal hatred through inflammatory speech and threatening peace and integrity of this nation.Ramesh Sethuraman
If u aren't outraged by this, it means u agree with him completely. And don't you BS me saying u haven't yet seen his video. #ArrestOwaisiYashasvi
Its only people like #Owaisi who are bringing bad name to #Muslim community.I've never seen a more communal call to violence thn this #ShameDr. Sunil Gupta
Twitter users pointed out that the original video of Owaisi's speech was quickly
“MLA #Owaisi who Threatens to wipe of 100 Cr in 15 minutes removes Video link in 15 mints,”Abhishek kolekar
Seems #Owaisi's video of finishing off Hindus in 15 min has been removed by them. Anyone copied?SanghParivar.Org
Others echoed their concerns regarding silence in the mainstream media.
Can barely see any reference in main stream media of Owaisi's hate speech. & logistics can't be an excuse. This is Hyderabad. #ArrestOwaisiChetan Aggarwal
Some used #ArrestOwaisi to call for the filing of a First Information Report (FIR) against the politician, a preliminary step before arrest.
Dear Nationalistic & Secular Indians: Calm Down Focus on #Arrest #Owaisi, lets no over react. Go by the way of Law. Follow upRahul Easwar
BJP lawyers have filed case under 153A (creating hatred between communities) against Akbaruddin #Owaisi.Uma Sudhir
After delivering the speeches, Owaisi traveled to London to receive medical treatment. He returned to Hyderabad on January 7 to undergo treatment at Gandhi Hospital,
four days time before appearing before police in connection with the FIR filings.
#Owaisi healthy enough to deliver a hate speech, scoot off to London and return as per convenience then he's fit enough to be prosecuted.Gautam Chintamani
Anna Hazare arrested on 16-8-11 for no reason. Person creating communal tension like #owaisi given bed rest.. sonia Gandhi govt great :)Amol
3 year old bullet injury can prevent #Owaisi from arrest but #SadhviPragya with cancer from 6 years is yet to get bail @CommunalCongresGajendra D Ambi
Twitter users satirised the ordeal with #OwaisiMovies:
#OwaisiMovies : Silence of The SecularsSanghParivar.Org
#OwaisiMovies:- "Crouching Owaisi, Hidden Democracy".Gupta-G™
#OwaisiMovies "The Chronicles of Hernia " !advaitachowdhary
#OwaisiMovies "Honey, I shrunk the Hindus" ..MediaCrooks
"Innocence of Muslims" #OwaisiMoviesCommunal Cogress
On Tuesday, police
Owaisi at Gandhi Hospital; an action that Indians lauded as driven by the social media campaign.
Massive protests against #Owaisi being reported from Hyderabad! #breakingAmit Srivastava अमित
India wins......!! #Owaisi arrested..!!! No one should ever be allowed to spread hatred based on religions and caste..!!!Praveen
#Owaisi finally got arrested? That's remarkable. Thought he'd suffer from chest pains. Oh wait, he doesn't have a heart.Nigel Britto
The real heroes who made #Owaisi arrest possible -> @RajaSingh214 (TDP), @kishanreddybjp (BJP) , @karunasagarllb (Lawyer) and social media.Kiran Kumar S
Though Mainstream media tried hard by suppressing the news but Finally 'Keyboard warriors' got #Owaisi arrested.Nikhil Desai
As of Wednesday, discussion of Osaiwi's speech and subsequent arrest continued to trend on Twitter.
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