Indian Christians protest violence

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Thousands of Christians in India have marched to the memorial for Indian pacifist leader Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi.

They're calling for protection, after rising attacks on Christians, their homes and their churches in several Indian states.

Christian leaders have blamed a radical Hindu group for the violence, which has left dozens of people dead and dozens of churches destroyed. Thousands have been left homeless, with many of them forced to live for days in the forests until they could make their way to safety.

More than 80 percent of India's 1.1 billion people are Hindus. Christians and other religious minorities account for 2.5 percent of the people.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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