- Title: Three die in protests against new citizenship law in India
- Date: 19th December 2019
- Summary: INJURED POLICEMAN WITH BANDAGE AROUND HEAD AND BLOOD ON SHIRT WALKING
- Embargoed: 2nd January 2020 17:47
- Keywords: India protests Modi citizenship act police protesters tear gas water canon
- Location: AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT/MANGALURU, KARNATAKA/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA, INDIA
- City: AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT/MANGALURU, KARNATAKA/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA002BAN86YV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Three people died of injuries sustained in intensifying protests against a new citizenship law in India on Thursday (December 19).
Thousands of people have been taking to the streets nationwide in defiance of temporary bans on public gatherings.
Police were seen beating protesters and firing tear gas in Mangaluru, the city where two protesters died. Water cannon was deployed in Thiruvaanthapuram as violence escalated during the protests, which are now in their second week.
Critics have said that the law, passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government, is discriminatory against Muslims and undermines India's secular constitution.
Police detained hundreds of people in the capital Delhi and the southern city of Mangaluru and Bengaluru and shut down the internet in some districts to help pre-empt large planned protests.
The government says the Citizenship Amendment Act is required to help non-Muslim minorities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who came to India before 2015 by granting them Indian nationality.
(Production: Lucy Marks, Ben Dadswell)
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