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In India: a protest in which road traffic is disrupted by a large group of demonstrators. Frequently attributive Compare "roko".
1980s; earliest use found in Social Scientist. From Panjabi rāstā roko block the road! (and its equivalent Hindi rāstā roko), slogan of the Akali political movement from rāstā road + roko, 2nd person plural imperative of rokṇā to prevent or hinder, to disrupt, to bring to a stop (ultimately from Sanskrit rudh-, probably from the same Indo-European base as Welsh lludd (noun) obstacle).
rasta roko/ˌrɑːstə ˈrəʊkəʊ/
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