Anti-CAA protests in 30 US cities on India’s 71st Republic day
Published: 03:35 PM, 27 January 2020
Thousands of Indian Americans hold anti- Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in 30 US cities on India’s 71st Republic day; Photo: Collected
The thousands of Indian Americans hold anti- Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in 30 US cities on India’s 71st Republic day on Sunday.
The protesters were seen in carrying anti-CAA banners and raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanding CAA’s repeal and revocation of the proposed National Register for Citizens (NRC). They also said that the basis of India's secularism in the protests was under threat during the rule of the Narendra Modi-led government.
According to a report of Press Trust of India (PTI) on Monday, hundreds of US citizens of Indian origin protested in different cities in the United States against the Citizenship Amendment Act. During this time, many of the protesters were seen chanting slogans like “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Hindu, Muslim Sikh, Isai: Aapas Mein Saab Bhai Bhai”.
In some of the cities, particularly New York, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and San Francisco having Indian consulates, and at the Indian Embassy in Washington DC, the protestors shouted slogans.
The largest gathering of anti-CAA protestors was reported from Chicago where Indian Americans gathered in large numbers and formed several mile-long human chain. In the American capital of Washington DC, more than 500 Indian Americans marched from a park near the White House to the Gandhi Statue in front of the Indian Embassy.
The anti-CAA protests in at least 30 US cities were organized by recently formed Coalition to Stop Genocide, comprising several organizations like Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), Equality Labs, Black Lives Matter (BLM), Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR).
“The brutal crackdown by the government in India on anti-CAA and anti-NRC protests has created a situation in which women in large numbers have come out on streets to challenge the divisive-communal-fascist agenda of the government,” Magsaysay Award winner Sandeep Pandey said, addressing a gathering in Washington DC.
“It gives hope that democracy and Constitution can ultimately be saved by the common people from a government which is bent upon destroying them,” he said.