INDIA BANS CITIZENSHIP BILL PROTESTS


20/12/2019




Selin ATAY-DG- A protest ban has been imposed in parts of the capital Delhi and throughout the states of Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. 

India’s government is dealing with protests over a new law that grants citizenship on the basis of religion and has drawn deep opposition. It provides a path to citizenship for Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and other religious minorities who are in India illegally but can demonstrate religious persecution in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It does not apply to Muslims.

Police detained hundreds of people in New Delhi and southern city of Bengaluru on Thursday and shut down the internet in some places as protests entered a second week over a new citizenship law that critics say undermines India's secular constitution.

Citing law and order concerns following violent protests against the law during the past week,  authorities imposed bans against public gatherings in parts of the capital and two big states — Uttar Pradesh in the north and Karnataka in the south.

Defying the bans, protesters held rallies at Delhi's historic Red Fort and a town hall in Bengaluru, Karnataka's state capital, but police swept in to round up people in the vanguard of those demonstrations as they tried to get underway.

On Sunday, police stormed New Delhi's Jamia Millia University, firing tear gas and wielding batons to break up a protest by hundreds of students, injuring scores.


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