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World India shuts down internet in hotspot after deadly protests

01:45  14 december  2019
01:45  14 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Internet access was cut in India 's northeastern city of Guwahati on Friday as thousands gathered for fresh protests against a new citizenship law, a day after police shot dead two demonstrators. Protests erupted this week after the government introduced new legislation that many in the far-flung northeast

GUWAHATI, India — Internet access was cut in India 's northeastern city of Guwahati on Friday as thousands gathered for fresh protests against a new citizenship law, a day after police shot dead two demonstrators. Protests erupted this week after the government introduced new legislation that many

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: A local government official said that internet access in the Guwahati, the main city of Assam state, had been cut as the protests continue© Sajjad HUSSAIN A local government official said that internet access in the Guwahati, the main city of Assam state, had been cut as the protests continue

Internet access was cut in India's northeastern city of Guwahati on Friday as thousands gathered for fresh protests against a new citizenship law, a day after police shot dead two demonstrators.

Protests erupted this week after the government introduced new legislation that many in the far-flung northeast believe will give citizenship to immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh, and which other critics say is anti-Muslim.

On Friday morning thousands gathered in central Guwahati as riot police looked on, with residents hurrying out to buy essentials.

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Internet access was cut in India 's northeastern city of Guwahati on Friday as thousands gathered for fresh protests against a new citizenship law, a day after police shot dead two demonstrators. Protests erupted this week after the government introduced new legislation that many in the far-flung northeast

Internet access was cut in India 's northeastern city of Guwahati on Friday as thousands gathered for fresh protests against a new citizenship law, a day after police shot dead two demonstrators. Protests erupted this week after the government introduced new legislation that many in the far-flung northeast

No fresh violence was reported but Guwahati and other areas remained littered from the detritus of recent days, with some roads blocked by fallen trees, concrete poles, stones and iron railings. Many cash machines have run out of cash and most petrol stations were also shut.

A local government official said that internet access in the Guwahati, the main city of Assam state, had been cut and an AFP reporter confirmed that connections appeared to have been suspended.

The Meghalaya state government has also cut off mobile internet, with parts of the capital Shillong brought under curfew since Thursday evening.

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A protester waves an Indian flag during a demonstration against the government’s Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 13, 2019. – Internet access has been cut in India ’s northeastern city of Guwahati after violent protests over a new citizenship law saw two

GUWAHATI ( INDIA ) - Internet access was cut in India 's northeastern city of Guwahati on Friday as thousands gathered for fresh protests against a new citizenship law, a day after Protests erupted this week after the government introduced new legislation that many in the far-flung northeast believe

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: India's parliament pass a contentious bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from neighbouring countries© Biju BORO India's parliament pass a contentious bill that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from neighbouring countries

On Thursday, police had fired live and blank rounds as thousands of demonstrators in Guwahati and elsewhere took to the streets, some vandalising property and torching vehicles.

The two demonstrators killed in the city were among around 20 people being treated in hospital, "a few" of whom had gunshot wounds, said Ramen Talukdar, a doctor at a Guwahati hospital.

Hundreds of passengers stuck at Guwahati airport were brought to the city on government buses with police escort in the early hours of Friday morning.

Hindu agenda?

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: The protests follow the approval of legislation that many in the far-flung northeast believe will give citizenship to large numbers of immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh© Biju BORO The protests follow the approval of legislation that many in the far-flung northeast believe will give citizenship to large numbers of immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh

Several thousand troops have been drafted in to help police, who fired tear gas and charged demonstrators with batons, in recent days.

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Internet access was cut in India 's northeastern city of Guwahati on Friday as thousands gathered for fresh protests against a new citizenship law, a day after police shot dead two demonstrators. Protests erupted this week after the government introduced new legislation that many in the far-flung northeast

GUWAHATI ( India ), Dec 13 — Internet access was cut in India ’s northeastern city of Guwahati today as thousands gathered for fresh protests against a In this photo taken December 12, 2019 a bus and car drive past a burning barricade set up by demonstrators following protests against the Citizenship

Security was increased at the Bangladeshi consulate in Guwahati after a vehicle in the consul's convoy was attacked Wednesday by mobs, the foreign ministry in Dhaka said.

"They cant settle anyone in our motherland. This is unacceptable. We will die but not allow outsiders to settle here," Manav Das, a protester told AFP on Friday.

"We will defeat the government with the force of the people and the government will be forced to revoke the law," said local activist Samujal Battacharya.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), signed into law by the Indian president late Thursday, allows for the fast-tracking of applications from religious minorities from three neighbouring countries, but not Muslims.

For Islamic groups, the opposition and rights groups, it is part of Modi's Hindu nationalist agenda to marginalise India's 200 million Muslims. He denies this.

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But many in India's northeast object for different reasons, fearing that immigrants from Bangladesh -- many of them Hindus -- will become citizens, taking jobs and weakening the local culture.

The chief ministers of the states of Punjab in the north and Kerala in the south also said that they would not implement the law, the Hindu daily reported.

23 dead as protests grow against India citizenship law .
Nine people died Saturday during clashes between demonstrators and police in northern India, raising the nationwide death toll in protests against a new citizenship law to 23, police said. Uttar Pradesh state police spokesman Pravin Kumar said the nine fatalities increased the death toll in the state to 15 in the protests against the new law, which the demonstrators say discriminates against Muslims.

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