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Protest held in Europe against Indian govt’s anti-Muslim violence in Delhi

Protest held in Europe against Indian govt’s anti-Muslim violence in Delhi
March 2, 2020
NEW DELHI (Web Desk) – Widespread protest demonstrations have been held in Europe against Indian government’s anti-Muslim violence in New Delhi. It is pertinent to mention here that the overall world condemned discriminatory legislation against Muslims and ensuing violence in New Delhi. A large group of students, human rights activists and diaspora group representatives gathered outside Indian High Commission (HC) in London for an emergency protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the associated violence. Such demonstrations were also held in 17 cities across Europe, including Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Geneva, with the central message, “We stand in solidarity with the victims of communal violence in Delhi.” Addressing the protestors, speakers said if the world does not take note and react urgently, the consequences will be disastrous. The protesters demanded resignation of Indian Home Minister Amit Shah for his failure to maintain peace, and the arrest of BJP politicians for instigating the violence. Earlier, Indian police used tear gas and smoke grenades to disperse a crowd of thousands of protestors in India’s capital of New Delhi on Monday as violence broke out over a new citizenship law just ahead of US President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to the city. New Delhi has been a hotbed of protest against the controversial new citizenship law and protestors have been camping out continuously in several parts of the capital for the last two months. Hundreds of people supporting the new law clashed with those opposing it, with stone pelting from both sides. The two groups have been clashing since Sunday and the people supporting the law were seen chanting “Jai Shree Ram,” amid heavy stone pelting from both sides, according to a Reuters witness. “We are in support of the CAA. If they want to protest, they should go somewhere else,” a protestor Amit said, giving only one name. The latest round of violence broke out just as US President Donald Trump began his maiden visit to India, addressing a mega rally in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat on Monday.