- Title: "We are not going to stop", say protesters on India's citizenship law
- Date: 26th December 2019
- Summary: BENGALURU, KARNATAKA, INDIA (DECEMBER 26, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) (HD) VARIOUS OF WOMEN PROTESTERS, SOME IN BURKHA, HOLDING PLACARDS AND PROTESTING INDIA'S NEW CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT LAW VARIOUS OF WOMEN PROTESTERS CHANTING SLOGANS (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER, MANGALA, SAYING: "It seems like they are trying to pretend that they are not hearing us, but they will hear us. We are not going to stop today. We are not going to stop tomorrow. We are going to stop when these acts are repealed. We are going to stop when they hear us, when they actually look at us and tell us that we heard you, when they actually take an action that is acceptable to us, only then will we stop." SHAMLI, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (DECEMBER 26, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) (SD) POLICE PERSONNEL WEARING ANTI-RIOT GEAR AND WALKING LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (DECEMBER 26, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) (HD) (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) ADDITIONAL DIRECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE, LAW AND ORDER, LUCKNOW, P. V. RAMASHASTRI, SAYING: "We are alert. We are fully capable of controlling any kind of violence or if anyone tries to participate in violent activities or tries to breach the law and order situation. We are continuously briefing the forces and we are fully prepared." KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA (DECEMBER 26, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) CHIEF OF INDIA'S EASTERN WEST BENGAL STATE, MAMATA BANERJEE MARCHING ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF PROTESTERS PROTEST MARCH UNDERWAY BANERJEE WALKING ALONG WITH A CROWD OF PROTESTERS PROTESTERS CLEARING THE WAY FOR BANERJEE BANERJEE ADDRESSING THE CROWD PROTESTERS WATCHING BANERJEE
- Embargoed: 9th January 2020 15:49
- Keywords: Citizenship Amendment Act India Lucknow Muslims baton charging clash police protest stone pelting violence
- Location: SHAMLI, LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH/BENGALURU, KARNATAKA/ KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA
- City: SHAMLI, LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH/BENGALURU, KARNATAKA/ KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001BBM3GI7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Protesters in India's IT hub of Bengaluru city on Thursday (December 26) said they will not stop until the government repeals the controversial Citizenship Amendment law.
The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) aims to fast-track citizenship for persecuted Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Christians who arrived in India before December 31, 2014, from Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Hundreds of women, some clad in Burkha, held demonstrations and chanted slogans against the religion-based law.
Chief of India's eastern West Bengal state, Mamata Banerjee also held a massive march against the law in Kolkata city.
Meanwhile, India's northern Uttar Pradesh state is demanding millions of rupees from over 200 people and threatening to confiscate their property as a penalty for damage done to public property during protests.
Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, has suffered some of the most violent protests against India's Citizenship Amendment Act, which gives minorities who have migrated from three neighbouring countries a path to citizenship but doesn't make the same concessions for Muslims.
At least 15 of the 21 people killed in the protests have been in Uttar Pradesh, a state that has been a tinder box for tensions between the Hindu and Muslim communities.
"We are alert. We are fully capable of controlling any kind of violence," said Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Lucknow, P. V. Ramashastri on Thursday speaking on police's preparedness ahead of Friday prayers.
Hundreds of thousands of people across India, including university students, have joined protests against the law, posing the biggest challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he took office in 2014.
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