- Title: Indians rally to condemn or support divisive citizenship law
- Date: 29th December 2019
- Summary: NEW DELHI, INDIA (DECEMBER 29, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) PERFORMERS WALKING IN CIRCLE, CLAPPING AND SINGING AT RALLY AGAINST CITIZENSHIP LAW NEAR JAMIA MILLIA ISLAMIA UNIVERSITY VARIOUS OF AUDIENCE AT RALLY WATCHING PERFORMERS VARIOUS OF PERFORMERS STAGING STREET PLAY WHERE ACTORS DRESSED AS POLICE BEAT STUDENTS WOMAN WEARING BAND READING (English): "WE WANT JUSTICE" PEOPLE GATHERED AT ENTRANCE TO UNIVERSITY (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIAN FASHION DESIGNER, TARUN TAHILIANI, SAYING: "We are Indians, we are together, we are democratic and we are like this. Religion is not to be in a discussion ever. I am sorry that's what I have come here in solidarity of." SUN SHINING THROUGH LEAVES OF TREE / PROTESTERS MARCHING AGAINST CITIZENSHIP LAW PROTESTERS MARCHING WITH BANNERS AND CHANTING SLOGANS FEET OF PROTESTERS PROTESTERS MARCHING PROTESTERS, RAKHI TRIPATHI, MARCHING (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER, RAKHI TRIPATHI, SAYING: "We are protesting against CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), NRC (National Register of Citizens) and NRP (National Population Register) which is dividing the nation in terms of religion which is absolutely unethical, inhuman." PROTESTERS MARCHING PUNE, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA (DECEMBER 29, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) ANTI-CITIZENSHIP LAW PROTESTERS HOLDING LARGE BANNER READING (Hindi): "REMOVE NRC, SAVE CONSTITUTION" POSTER WITH PICTURES OF INDIAN PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI, INDIAN HOME MINISTER AMIT SHAH AND SLOGAN READING (English): "NRC REJECT, CAA RESIST" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING WITH PLACARDS, POSTERS AND INDIAN FLAGS BHOPAL, MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA (DECEMBER 29, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) PLACARD READING (Hindi): "WE ARE VERY THANKFUL TO INDIAN PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI" / SUPPORTERS OF CITIZENSHIP LAW HOLDING INDIAN FLAG BANNER POSTER IN HANDS OF SUPPORTER READING (Hindi): "WE WELCOME CAA" / SUPPORTERS CHANTING SLOGANS LEGISLATOR FROM INDIA'S RULING BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY, RAMESHWAR SHARMA, (DRESSED IN YELLOW) MARCHING WITH SUPPORTERS OF LAW VARIOUS OF SUPPORTERS MARCHING (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) LEGISLATOR FROM INDIA'S RULING BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY, RAMESHWAR SHARMA, SAYING: "India was their (persecuted minorities from neighbouring countries) country before, it is today and it will remain so in the future. They will not only get Indian citizenship, but if we say in words of Father (of India, Mahatma Gandhi) then India will also provide their daily bread. The Indian government has obeyed the promises made by Father (Mahatma Gandhi) and (author of India's constitution Bhimrao Ramji) Ambedkar so we are in support of the country." DEHRADUN, UTTARAKHAND, INDIA (DECEMBER 29, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) VARIOUS OF SUPPORTERS OF CITIZENSHIP LAW MARCHING WITH LONG INDIAN FLAG BANNER SUPPORTERS WAVING INDIAN FLAGS VARIOUS OF SUPPORTERS MARCHING WITH FLAGS AND PLACARDS
- Embargoed: 12th January 2020 15:43
- Keywords: BJP Citizenship Amendment Act Congress India Muslims New Delhi Pune performance protest protests
- Location: VARIOUS, INDIA
- City: VARIOUS, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Fundamental Rights/Civil Liberties,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001BC11NWN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:India's new citizenship law prompted protesters to take to the streets across the country on Sunday (December 29) to condemn or support the divisive legislation, which critics say is an attack on the country's secular constitution and minority Muslims.
Protesters in New Delhi staged a street performance outside Jamia Millia Islamia University with actors dressed as police pretending to beat students. The campus has been a site of violent clashes between police and anti-citizenship law demonstrators.
In the northern city of Dehradun and in central Bhopal, supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party marched with Indian flags to show their support of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
The CAA aims to fast-track citizenship for persecuted Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Christians who arrived in India before 2015, from Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Critics say the law discriminates against Muslims and undermines India's secular constitution. They question why the law does not include Muslims fleeing Sri Lanka and Myanmar, which are majority Buddhist.
(Production: Surinder Kapoor, Kristian Brunse)
- Copyright Holder: ANI (India)
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