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World Riots erupt in Delhi over India's citizenship law

00:25  16 december  2019
00:25  16 december  2019 Source:   bbc.com

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The law allows non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who entered India illegally, to become citizens . The Hindu-nationalist BJP government argues that the law aims to accommodate those who have fled religious 15 December 2019. Riots erupt in Delhi over India ' s citizenship law .

Police in India ’ s capital clashed Friday with hundreds of students protesting against a new citizenship law that opponents say is anti-Muslim. Police fired tear gas and used batons against the demonstrators at Jamia Millia Islamia, a public university in New Delhi . The protesting students threw stones at police.

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Police and demonstrators have fought pitched battles in parts of the Indian capital, Delhi, during protests over a controversial new law on migrants.

The new law entitles non-Muslim migrants from three Muslim-majority countries to citizenship if they are facing religious persecution.

Police used tear gas and truncheons as hundreds of protesters torched buses and blocked roads.

a car on fire with smoke coming out of it: Buses were torched in Delhi on Sunday© AFP Buses were torched in Delhi on Sunday Protests have raged across north and east India since the law was passed.

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NEW DELHI , Dec 13 (Reuters) - Violent clashes erupted in Delhi between police and thousands of university students on Friday over the enactment of a contentious new citizenship law , with Zakir Riyaz, a PhD student in social work, said the new law made a mockery of India ' s religious openness.

Violent clashes erupted in Delhi between police and hundreds of university students on Friday over the enactment of a new citizenship law that critics say undermines India ' s secular foundations. The unrest has already led Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to cancel a planned visit to India from.

Six people have been killed in the five days of violent unrest.

This weekend, demonstrators in West Bengal blocked key national highways while in Assam, the state government briefly lifted a curfew to allow people to buy essential goods.

The UK, US and Canada have issued travel warnings for people visiting India's north-east, telling their citizens to "exercise caution" if travelling to the region.

Why is the law so divisive?

The law allows non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who entered India illegally, to become citizens if they can prove they are being persecuted on the basis of religion.

The Hindu-nationalist BJP government argues that the law aims to accommodate those who have fled religious persecution, the BBC's Anbarasan Ethirajan reports from Delhi.

Protests Spread Across India Over Divisive Citizenship Law

  Protests Spread Across India Over Divisive Citizenship Law NEW DELHI — Furious protests against a new citizenship law continued to erupt across India on Monday, provoking a harsh security response and presenting the most widespread challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he came to power five years ago. Sign Up For the Morning Briefing: Asia and Australia Newsletter

Analysis: Why anger erupted over India ' s 'anti-Muslim' law . India ' s new citizenship law explained. Is India ' s claim about minorities true? They also say the bill violates secular principles enshrined in the constitution, which prohibits religious discrimination against all citizens .

Violent clashes erupted in Delhi between police and hundreds of university students on Friday over the enactment of a new citizenship law that critics say undermines India ' s secular foundations. The unrest has already led Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to cancel a planned visit to India from.

Critics say the law is part of the government's agenda to marginalise Muslims, and that it violates secular principles enshrined in the constitution.

Earlier this week the United Nations Human Rights office voiced concern that the new law was fundamentally discriminatory in nature.

Meanwhile, many Assamese argue that outsiders will take over their land and jobs - eventually dominating their culture and identity.

The government denies any religious bias and says Muslims are not covered by the new law because they are not religious minorities, and therefore do not need India's protection.

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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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