In the backdrop of ongoing protests across the country against the amended Citizenship Act, Chinese Consul General to Kolkata, Zha Liyou, said it is an internal matter of India. The problem has to be resolved by India alone, he said. "It's an internal matter of India. We have nothing to say on it. It's your country and you have to resolve your own issues," Liyou told reporters at the sidelines of a programme here.
- AASU Announces Series of Protests
- Section 144 Across K'taka for 3 Days
- Police Denies Permission for Red Fort Protest
- Section 144 in Bangalore Tomorrow
- Kanhaiya Kumar Addresses Jamia Protesters
- Protesters Disperse at Jamia
- UN Concerned over CAA Violence
- Till I Die, I WIll Call Myself a Student: Kamal Haasan
- BJP MPs Arrested in WB
- Assam HRC Orders Probe into Deaths during Protests
- JP Nadda on CAA Beneficiaries
- CPI to File Petition in SC
- Jamia Teachers Thank Univs for Support
Former JNU student's union president Kanhaiya Kumar joined the protest outside the Jamia Millia Islamia on Wednesday and said the demonstration was not just a fight to protect Muslims, but to protect the entire country. Addressing a large gathering of protesters outside the university's gate number 7, Kumar said the National Register of Citizens was "much more dangerous" than the amended Citizenship Act and it should be protested "tooth and nail".
Imposition of Section 144 in Bengaluru is a gross violation of power by the state government , says Karnataka Congress leader G Parameshwara.
Imposing Section 144 in Bengaluru without any threat of violence is a gross abuse of power by the state government. It is intended to curb the peaceful protests organised by students against #CAA and #NRC. Why is state government silencing young voices? Is it scared of them?— Dr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) December 18, 2019
AASU Announces Series of Protests | The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) announced a series of programmes to be held during the week to protest against the amended Citizenship Act. "On December 21, women will observe a sit-in demonstration across the state," it said, adding that there will be another such demonstration for the general public on December 23. "On December 24,26 and 28, protest demonstration will take place all over the state," the students' outfit said.
Posters declaring that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has gone "missing" and criticising him for his "silence" on the amended Citizenship Act were found in various localities of Patna on Wednesday. The municipal corporation of Patna has lodged complaints with the police about the posters spotted in office buildings, schools, billboards and road dividers in Kotwali, Gandhi Maidan and Shastri Nagar police station areas.
Section 144 Across K'taka for 3 Days | Section 144 imoposed across Karnataka for three days with immediate effect. Earlier, A 'bandh' was called by Left wing & Muslim organisations tomorrow in Karnataka following which Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said, "Section 144 to be imposed throughout Bengaluru including Rural district from tomorrow 6 am for the next 3 days".
Hundreds of students took out a `torch procession' at Savitribai Phule Pune University here to protest against the amended Citizenship Act and express solidarity with the students of Jamia Milia Islamia University in New Delhi. Supriya Sule, NCP MP from Baramati in Pune district, also took part in the `mashal morcha', during which participants carried burning torches apart from placards with slogans.
Will toe the line of Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, says Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy:
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on #CitizenshipAmendmentAct: We had already said that this will be difficult to implement, so, Puducherry will also toe the line of Punjab and Madhya Pradesh pic.twitter.com/O9YKA1mmAU— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2019
Delhi University students raise slogans of 'Delhi Police zindabad' in a counter protest today.
A group of hearing and speech-impaired youth of Assam, including a pageant winner, joined an anti-CAA protest in Guwahati, as people of the state reaffirmed their resolve to counter the legislation with unrelenting spirit. While AASU leaders and state government employees made emotive speeches after being detained at Digholi Pukhuri, in the milling crowd was a group of youth who were being given the import of the speeches through sign language. Among them was Miss India Deaf 2016, Anjala Lahon, who intently looked at the sign language interpreter, and waved her hand whenever people cried 'Jai Ai Axom' (glory to mother Assam).
Kanhaiya Kumar Addresses Jamia Protesters | Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar joined the protest outside the Jamia Millia Islamia and said the demonstration was not just a fight to protect Muslims, but to protect the entire country. Addressing a large gathering of protesters outside the university's gate number 7, Kumar said the NRC was "much more dangerous" than the amended Citizenship Act and it should be protested "tooth and nail". "However, the protest should not veer off the path of peace," he said. "We must ensure we remain in our senses while trying to maintain the same level of energy."
BJP's Kailash Vijayvargiya says that he was not allowed to go to a programme he had to attend because goons surrounded his car in Bengal's Navgaon.
Kailash Vijayvargiya,National General Secretary of BJP: On my way to Murshidabad, many goons surrounded our car in Navagaon. I'm not allowed to go to a programme that I had to attend. There is an attempt to stop us, on directions of Mamata Banerjee. I condemn this. #WestBengal pic.twitter.com/TG67TuaHoU— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2019
A protest against the amended Citizenship Act turned violent in Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh, with police using mild force to disperse the agitators who hurled stones at them, prompting authorities to suspend Internet services for 48 hours, officials said. Police said that some students of Jamia Ashrafia University and locals held a protest Tuesday evening in the Mubarakpur police station area against the changes in citizenship amendment act.
Till I Die, I WIll Call Myself a Student: Kamal Haasan | Kamal Haasan visits Chenni's Madras University where students are holding protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Kamal Haasan: I am not allowed to go inside. Till I die, I will call myself a student, I have come here in that capacity to be their defender. I will keep voicing whether or not I have started a party and now that I have started a party it becomes my duty to be here. https://t.co/pkdsv1MFxP pic.twitter.com/56Kpn9AFHu— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2019
BJP MPs Arrested in WB | BJP MPs Nishith Pramanik and Khagen Murmu were arrested while trying to visit violence-hit areas of Malda district of West Bengal. They were earlier stopped by a police force from English Bazar PS and subsequently detained and brought to the thana after the leaders started a sit-in demonstration.
Journalists in Srinagar protested against the alleged police action on their colleagues while they were covering a student protest against the amended citizenship law. According to a statement issued by the Kashmir Press Club, two journalists were targeted by Superintendent of Police (north city) Sajad Shah and his subordinate Rashid Khan even when they disclosed their identity. "They did not stop at this and hurled choicest abuse, according to Azaan Javaid and Anees Zargar. All this is recorded in a video which also corroborates the version given by the duo from the circumstances. It appears that the two journalists were deliberately targeted," the statement said.
Kamal Haasan meets students of Madras University protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act:
Assam HRC Orders Probe into Deaths during Protests | The Assam Human Rights Commission has directed the chief secretary to constitute a high-level panel for probing deaths of five protesters in police action during protests over the amended Citizenship Act. The chief secretary has been asked to submit a report within a month "after enquiring into the incidents to find out the circumstances" leading to the injuries, deaths, arrests and detentions."
JP Nadda on CAA Beneficiaries | BJP working president JP Nadda asserted that "India is home" for people of the six non-Muslim communities who have been facing religious persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. He made a scathing attack on Congress for opposing the amended Citizenship Act. "Should not they be given Indian citizenship? Where will they go? For them India is home (country), Nadda said.
"Citizenship Act doesn't affect the interest of any Indian citizen. I've been pained about the situation particularly in Malda&Murshidabad where there is deep sense of fear. I've indicated to senior most bureaucrat &DGP that I'd like to visit the affected areas," says West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar.
Delhi police hold a flag march in Mustafabad and Ghonda, saying that strict action will be taken against those who disrupt law and order.
Delhi: Police held a flag march in Mustafabad & Ghonda areas today. Jt CP Alok Kumar says,"We want to give a message that strict action will be taken against those who try to disrupt law&order in the area. Sec 144 has been imposed. Situation is completely under control&peaceful". pic.twitter.com/7j8GN827Ix— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2019
Jamia Teachers Thank Univs for Support | Members of the Jamia Teachers' Association took out a peace march to thank all universities which have supported JMI students in their protest against the amended Citizenship Act and the National Register of Citizens. Around 200 teachers carried placards reading "I stand with Jamia", "I am against CAA" and messages expressing gratitude to all supporting universities. The marchers also carried a large map of India showing sites of campus protests across the country.
College students protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. (PTI)
Meanwhile, a BJP delegation, on way to visit violence-hit Malda and Murshidabad districts, were stopped by police in Bengal today even as Mamata Banerjee took out another mega march against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which has sparked nationwide protests.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today questioned the need for the contentious citizenship law at a time when the country’s economy is in doldrums. Speaking at the News18 India Chaupal, Kejriwal said: “Those who come from outside the country will be provided documents by our government but India's citizens who do not have documents will have to go away from the country? Why was this kind of law needed? There are so many other issues that need attention.” The AAP chief asked who would give jobs to the “crores of people who will come from neighbouring countries… Our own people do not have jobs… Situation is bad for our own people.”
Kejriwal said the move would hit the poor people the hardest as “at least 70% of the population does not have documents”. “Home Minister Amit Shah said that anyone who doesn’t have documents, whether Hindu or Muslim, will have to leave India. This is a dangerous law. I suggest CAA should be taken back. Entire India is burning over CAA. The nation doesn't need this Act.”
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will today hear a clutch of petitions challenging the Citizenship Amendment Act, which has seen protests across the country. Among those who filed the petitions are senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, Asom Gana Parishad and the Indian Union Muslim League. According to the petitioners, religion cannot be the basis for grant of citizenship. They say the new law is against the basic structure of the Constitution as admitting illegal migrants as citizens on the basis of religion violates the fundamental rights to life and equality.
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