Violent Protests Continue

Dec 14, 2019

As of 13 December 2019, violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) have continued in the northeastern Indian states. In Assam, mobile internet suspensions were extended through 1900 local time (1330 UTC) on 14 December and an indefinite curfew remains in effect in Guwahati; however, the curfew order was temporarily lifted from 0800-1300 local time, during which residents in the city rushed to retail stores in order to stock up on food and other supplies. The Indian government has put an additional 2,000 Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel on standby for deployment to Assam. Associated protests also occurred in the neighboring states of Meghalaya and Tripura. In parts of Shillong, Meghalaya’s capital, the curfew has been temporarily lifted from 1000-2200 local time on 13 December and the overall situation is relatively calmer than in Assam. Residents of these states oppose the CAB, which grants fast-track citizenship to undocumented immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan; the bill, however, prohibits Muslim migrants from applying for the citizenship.

Meanwhile, in the capital New Delhi, hundreds of students of Jamia Millia Islamia university clashed with police officers near the university campus, located in Jamia Nagar. Police officers resorted to baton charges after the students threw stones at the officers; an unspecified number of students suffered minor injuries. During the clashes, operations through Patel Chowk and Janpath metro stations were temporarily suspended. The protesters had gathered near the university and had plans to march to Parliament to protest the exclusion of Muslim immigrants in the bill.

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