Thousands of Indians defy COVID-19 lockdown to celebrate New Year festival

Thousands flocked markets across India in celebration of a New Year festival on March 25, defying the country's COVID-19 lockdown.

This footage filmed in Hassan, southern India, shows locals purchasing goods from stores set up on a street during the Udadhi festival. A lone police officer is seen demanding the vendors to go away.

A senior officer then makes an announcement using a police vehicle's speaker system saying: "I will give 30 minutes for everyone to clear out. If not we will evict you all and shut down the market."

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Location: India