Students and labour unions marched across Delhi on Tuesday to demand that the cases of sedition with which Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and SAR Geelani have been charged be dropped.

Khalid and Bhattacharya, students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, have been accused of committing sedition against the government after organising an event at JNU on February 9 at which anti-national slogans were allegedly chanted. Geelani, a former Delhi University professor, has been arrested for allegedly organising an event on February 10 to mark the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru at the Press Club of India.

The government action has set off a storm in the country, speaking debates on big ideas such as free speech even as colonial-era laws such as the one on sedition are used to silence dissent. spoke to some of the participants at the rally to find out what they were marching for.