- Title: Anti-citizenship protesters unfazed by coronavirus curfew in India
- Date: 22nd March 2020
- Summary: NEW DELHI, INDIA (MARCH 22, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) CAMP FOR ANTI-CITIZENSHIP PROTESTERS IN NEW DELHI'S SHAHEEN BAGH AREA PROTESTERS AT THE CAMP POSTER READING (ENGLISH): 'SNEEZING AND FEVER AFFECTED PERSON PLEASE DON'T COME' MAN GIVING SANITIZER TO A WOMAN PROTESTING WOMEN PROTESTERS SITTING WITH MASKS ON PROTESTER HOLDING POSTER READING (ENGLISH): 'NPR (NATIONAL POPULATION REGISTER) NRC (NATIONAL REGISTER OF CITIZENS) CAA (CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT)' WOMAN PROTESTER SITTING WITH MASK ON SLIPPERS/POSTER READING (ENGLISH): 'SILENT PROTEST NO CAA NRC NPR' VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS WITH AMSK ON SITTING HOLDING POSTER (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) PROTESTER, PRAKASH DEVI, SAYING: "Today, because it is a day of "Janta' (voluntary) curfew, so a decision was taken last night that five women will sit in protest and on every cot there will a pair of slippers (representing other protesters) and a poster saying 'No NPR NRC CAA'. But five women will continuously sit-in protest...if let's say I get up from here someone else will come and fill in my place. There will be no more than five women as the protest is going and will continue." LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (MARCH 22, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) FAMOUS CLOCK TOWER OF LUCKNOW MUSLIM WOMEN SITTING IN PROTEST BURQA-CLAD WOMAN TALKING TO ANOTHER PROTESTER PROTESTERS SITTING PROTESTERS BEING SERVED FOOD VARIOUS OF WOMEN PROTESTERS SITTING
- Keywords: Anti-citizenship protest India Lucknow NPR NRC Narendra Modi New Delhi Prime Minister citizenship amendment bill coronavirus
- Reuters ID: LVA001C64UC0F
- Location: LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH/NEW DELHI, INDIA
- City: LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH/NEW DELHI, INDIA
- Country: India
- Duration: 00:02:07
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Story Text: The anti-citizenship protesters in India have dwindled in number but are undaunted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for a voluntary 14-hour curfew in the wake coronavirus spread on Sunday (March 22).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an address to the nation last week urged citizens to stay indoors from 0130 GMT to 1530 GMT - a move that he said would be a crucial test for a country to assess its abilities to fight the pandemic.
However, defying the curfew, a protester in New Delhi's Shaheen Bagh area said five women will continue to sit in protest.
"Five women will continuously sit-in protest...if let's say I get up from here someone else will come and fill in my place. There will be no more than five women as the protest is going and will continue," said the protester.
In northern Lucknow city, burqa-clad Mulsim women were also seen gathered at city's clock tower in protest.
Hundreds of thousands of people - led by students and Muslim groups - have been demonstrating for more than two months, amid fears that the government will also launch a population register that could leave many Muslims stateless.
The peaceful protests in New Delhi turned into deadly riots last month, which were dubbed as the worst bout of sectarian violence in the Indian capital in decades.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party says the citizenship law, which grants refuge to non-Muslim minorities from across south Asia, is required to protect those groups from persecution. Critics say it is discriminatory and contravenes the spirit of India's secular constitution.
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