Updates Between 13 to 19 December 2019 on CAA Protests

Are you still quite sure that everything is “normal” with the India, Northeast, and Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019?

Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, is a highly anti-national, debatable, and questionable act introduced by BJP’s president, Amit Shah, and now as India and the world is uniting against the mess that Modi-Shah has created, the protestors are being tortured brutally by the so-called protectors of the constitution and the law. (Although they are protecting the villains of the nation instead).

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What is happening right now around CAB/CAA?

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1. As per the news by The Hindu, the nations of the UK, the U.S., Israel, and France have declared an alert against the flights and has issued an advisory for people who are traveling to India due to the ongoing protests against the CAB.

  • The U.S. has canceled the flights to Assam temporarily.

  • The U.K. has requested people to only visit India, if essential, and keep themselves aware/updated about their surroundings.

  • The U.K. has also asked to avoid visiting J&K, and all the nearby states in the vicinity, except Wagah.

  • Alert has also been raised by France and Israel regarding the same.

2. Human Rights forum has portrayed their concern by clearly saying that the CAB is “fundamentally discriminatory in nature”.

3. The hiked concern around the whole matter has driven to the cancellation of the India-Japan Summit between 15 to 17 December. Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe’s visit to India is postponed due to the condition of Assam and protests in India against the Citizenship Act, 2019.  

4. Sonia Gandhi has expressed herself in Bharat Bachao Rally (against the Citizenship Amendment Act and Narendra Modi and Amit Shah), by saying that, “Citizenship Bill will (…) rip apart the soul of India as is happening in the northeast and Assam.” It is apparent that the parties like Congress, are fully taking advantage of the poor scenario and image that BJP has etched for itself.

5. As the curfew was released in Assam and northeast, the vandalism and violent protests are happening in several areas of West Bengal.

6. In West Bengal, the chief minister, Mamta Banerjee assures requests the public to not go violent. She declares that the nationwide NRC and CAB will not take place in the state of Bengal. She requests people to “not take the law in your hands”.

7. The U.S. has asked for the protection of minorities in India. The protesters in Delhi and various other northern states of India have also raised up against CAB.

8. Students of Jamia Millia Islamia also came on roads with batons against Citizenship Bill amendments.

9. Bangladesh objected to India for the burndown of their office’s escort in Guwahati.

10. BJP is making nonsensical comments against whatever Rahul Gandhi or Congress overall is saying, whereas indeed, Congress must be smirking endlessly at all this, as they can see the doomsday of BJP approaching nearer and nearer. An example is, BJP’s orator, GVM Narsimha Rao said Rahul Gandhi’s name must be “Rahul Jinnah”, as his politics more about “Muslim appeasement”. Indeed, both parties have made the whole issue a grand battlefield of debate.

11. Recently, Internet services have been suspended in Assam till Monday, in Meghalaya for the next 48 hours

12. Amit Shah’s trip to Assam has been canceled due to the situation of Assam.

13. Led by AASU, that is, All Assam Students’ Union, thousands of people have gathered on the field of Assam Engineering Institute, Chandmari chanting “CAB Aami Namanu” (I don’t accept CAB). The protestors include actors, singers, farmers, intellectuals, students, and even old-age and commissioners like Biswajit Pegu! Singer Zubeen Garg declares that the Assamese artists will hold a peaceful demonstration against CAB and BJP on 16 December 2019. Due to all of this, the shortage of water, vegetables, etc, has been increased in Assam and the northeast.

 14. Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, assures that the strict action will be taken against the violent protesters.

What Happened between 14 to 16 December 2019:- 

1. Thousands of students (supported by learners and scholars from IIT Bombay, IIM Ahmedabad, IISc Bangalore, Mumbai University, Delhi University, and others) at/of JMI and at AMU, who were doing protest were shocked at the sudden and brutal attack by Delhi Police on Sunday. Urgent protest against the police was carried out towards the HQ at night of 15 December in response.

-Around 50 students detained during the protest (released on 16 Dec, morning)

-35 behind the bars

-Over 100 people in total were injured (policemen, firefighters, and students). Students were dragged, assaulted, and forced out of the library and the mosque. Teargas was thrown by the police in the protest ground. Police entered without permission in the campus.

-The Federation of Central Universities’ Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA) along with the other authorities demanded a judicial inquiry.

-Justice Bobde, strangely enough, spoke something like, “I don’t think the courts can do much. It is the law and order problem. Police have to deal with it. But we will still hear it once the peace is restored… Just because they happen to be students, it doesn’t mean they can take law and order in their own hands,”

2. Grand rally organized by Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal, against the anti-national bill, CAA, in Kolkata.

3. John Cusack, the Hollywood actor expressed his remorse by tweeting, “Reports from Delhi are it was a war zone last night – Fascism is not a joke – we use the word with the understanding it’s deadly”, and Fascists in India trying to set students against each other –  To cover for the economic collapse of demonetization but they are standing together in solidarity with their Muslim brothers & sisters – This is fascism everywhere- them or us”

He even shared the violent video of the protest, and also many quotes by the author Arundhati Roy.

4. Many celebrities,  (excluding the ones who have a grand following), came out in support of students on Twitter. 

5. Metro lines affected in Delhi– Entry and exit gates of Lok Kalyan Marg, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, and Janpath, closed. Movement of trains ceased at Udyog Bhawan and Patel Chowk (16 Dec).

-DMRC ceased the gates of over 15 metro stations on the advice by Delhi Police on 15 December– These stations included, Vasant Vihar, Munirka, RK Puram, Sukhdev Vihar, Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla Vihar, Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, Patel Chowk, Vishwavidyalaya, GTB Nagar, ITO, IIT, Pragati Maidan, Delhi Gate and Shivaji Stadium. Ashram Metro Station’s Gate No. 3 was also closed.

6. At India Gate, along with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, students of JMI and AMU at the protest; JNU joined them in the evening.

7. At Jantar Mantar, DU students are supporting the whole movement.

8. Between, in the Unnao (that’s the name of a place) Rape Case, the BJP MLA, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, was found guilty to rape a minor in Unnao, and was arrested on Monday (16 Dec).

9. Intelligent Amit Shah announces that within four months, a sky-touching Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya.

10. Police: FIR on 56 plus some unidentified people from protests at night of 16 December at AMU. 21 arrests.  

17 December 2019, Headlines

1. Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee with the slogan, “Our slogan is ‘No CAB, No NRC in Bengal'”, on a protest rally against CAA from Jadavpur to Jadu Babu’s Bazar. She also said, “The BJP did not give opposition parties time to think and discuss Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, sought its passage in a hurry”.

2. NorthEast: The situation in Guwahati is improved as per some news channels, but West Bengal remains on boil still. Curfew relaxes in Shillong. The curfew will remain enforced at night though.

3. JMI: Protest again afresh with thousands of people standing at Jamia Millia Islamia. The police brutality remained unnoticed by the Supreme Court; allegations not entertained by the Court of Justice.

“Having regard to the nature of the matter and the vast areas where these incidents are said to have occurred, it is not feasible to appoint a single committee to go into matters in different states. This will entail a collection of evidence from various states. We thus consider it appropriate for petitioners to approach the jurisdictional high courts.” – Supreme Court

4. Aligarh: schools and colleges remain closed.

5. Protests happening in Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Kerala (with 33 organizations united and stepped forward in support), Kolkata, West Bengal, Hyderabad, etc; India is handling democracy well.

6. Students on solidarity march against CAA. (on Monday)

7. Police: 10 arrests of people who were from criminal background and tried turn the protest violent at JMI.

The outrage on CAB is unstoppable! #boycottCAB.

Although strangely enough the biggest celebs of India, who have usually stayed quite vocal on any news like, #CAA on Twitter or any other social channel, are silent till now on this issue.

It is quite skeptical as right now, those are the ones who can very easily can awaken the whole India against this anti-national bill! 

Ajay Devgn on democracy and CAA 2019:-

“This is a democracy. The establishment has an opinion, and there are those who do not agree with that opinion. Everyone should have the right to express their opinion. Violence is not the answer. Instead of fighting, things should be settled amicably, so that the aam janta doesn’t suffer.”

Updates Between 13 to 19 December 2019 on CAA Protests

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