Massive Rejection of CAB in streets; 25,000 AMU students for Hunger Strike

Tuesday marked huge protests against the Citizenship Ammendment Bill(CAB) all over India.

An 11-hour shutdown against the passage of the Citizenship Ammendment Bill, disrupted large swathes of the northeastern States on Tuesday with protesters resorting to violence in some places and clashing with the police.

Several people, including security personnel, were injured as protesters damaged vehicles and shops in Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya capital Shillong.

The protests shepherded by the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) were most intense across the Brahmaputra Valley in Assam and Tripura two States perceived to bear the brunt of migrants from Bangladesh who could be made citizens through the CAB, if it becomes a law.

The other northeastern States “insulated” by the Sixth Schedule status and inner-line permit regulation either shut down or held token protests to express solidarity with Assam and Tripura.

In Guwahati, a large number of people laid siege to strategic areas chanting anti-BJP and anti-government slogans and burning tyres. Some tried to march to Dispur, the State’s seat of power, but were prevented on the way by the police and paramilitary forces.

Such was the anger that the protestors prevented the movement of VIPs such as Assam’s Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya forcing his convoy to return to his private residence. Many staged protests outside the houses of the MLAs of the ruling BJP and Asom Gana Parishad with mobs attacking or damaging the offices of these political parties in some semi-urban areas.

Kolkata witnessed a massive anti-NRC rally, organised by a leftist civil society platform, Joint Forum Against NRC (the National Register of Citizens).

Cutting across party lines, thousands of people participated in the protest. Participants said, “A country cannot be run by fear [of losing one’s citizenship].” Many left parties, other than the CPI(M), participated in the rally, which was part of a month-long campaign against the Centre’s plans to pass and implement a citizenship law.

The Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union organised a protest march from the University Library canteen to the University gate on Tuesday evening to condemn the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

Thousands of students participated in the protest which was also joined by some teachers. Copies of bill were burnt. Reports say, that 25,000 Aligarh students will go for a hunger strike against the ‘unconstitutional and communal bill.’

Students of Jamia Millia Islamia had several protest gatherings in the campus. Muslim Students Federation Jamia unit held a massive march and protest gathering against the bill.