Tens of thousands march in southern India to protest citizenship law

By fatima at 2020-01-05 • 0 collector • 103 pageviews

Over one hundred thousand protesters, many carrying the Indian tricolor flag, took part in a peaceful march in the southern city of Hyderabad on Saturday, chanting slogans against prime minister Narendra Modi's new citizenship law.

The protest, dubbed the 'Million March', was organized by an umbrella group of Muslim and civil society organizations. More than 40 percent of Hyderabad's estimated population of nearly 7 million are Muslims.

Demonstrators were still pouring into the protest site late on Saturday afternoon, according to a Reuters witness, despite police saying no march would be allowed and that permission had only been granted for a 1,000 person gathering.

The Indian government has faced weeks on acrimonious and at times violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which was passed by Modi's government in December.

The Hyderabad protesters held placards with slogans including "Withdraw CAA immediately." and "India's only religion in Secularism."

The Reuters witness said the protest remained peaceful, and estimated that more than one hundred thousand people were in attendance.

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