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Women protest against CAA in Guwahati

Guwahati, Jan 19 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 1/19/2020 12:34:24 PM IST

Continuing its protest against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), hundreds of women on Sunday staged a protest against the law in Guwahati, Assam. Hundreds of women gathered at Latasil playground in Guwahati on Sunday and staged a protest against the Act.

The protesters shouted slogans against the new citizenship Act and the BJP-led both Central and the state governments. Several actors, singers and academicians also took part in the anti-CAA protest on Sunday.

The protestors said the people of Assam won’t accept the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as, they said, the new law would be a threat to the indigenous people of the state, the Assamese language, culture, heritage and civilisation.

The protestors also marched towards Chandmari locality from Latasil. Assamese actress Barsha Rani Bishaya who led the protest, said Assam is not a dumping ground for the illegal foreigners.

“The home minister [Amit Shah] had said that Assam and West Bengal will be the highest affected area for this Act. We strongly protest against the CAA because it is a threat to our indigenous identity. Our protest is not against any religion, this is not against the Bengali community,” she said.

Barsha Rani Bishaya added that Assam is protesting against the citizenship law because it is a “threat to our indigenous identity”.

“We can’t be a minority in Assam,” Barsha Rani Bishaya said.

Garima Saikia Garg, a fashion designer and wife of singer Zubeen Garg, said, “The protest of the people of Assam will continue against the citizenship law until it is not scrapped.”

“We are protesting against the citizenship Act since 2016. The government is adamant on its stand but we also know what we can do. Our protest will continue,” Garima Saikia Garg said.

According to the amended law, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

Assam minister shown black flags

Assam minister Jogen Mohan was shown black flags in Sivasagar district on Sunday by AASU activists protesting against Citizenship (Amendment) Act, a day after he was sworn in. The incident happened when the minister was going to his constituency - Mahmara.

The activists also shouted slogans against him.

“Jogen Mohan go back”, “We don’t accept CAA” and “BJP go back” were some of the slogans the agitators shouted while waving black flags at the new minister.

Jogen Mohan on Saturday was sworn in as minister of state with independent charge was given the portfolios of revenue and disaster management, PWD (assisting the cabinet minister).

Dozens of members of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) showed black flags while Mohan’s convoy passed through Gaurisagar area of Sivasagar district.

On January 15, the day of ‘Bhogali Bihu’, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was shown black flags by AASU activists in Dibrugarh district while he was on his way to his hometown Chabua to celebrate Bihu with his family members.

Sonowal, on New Year’s day was shown black flags by AASU and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad at several places between Nalbari and Barpeta when he was travelling to Barpeta district.

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