Citizenship Amendment Bill protests LIVE Updates: Stone pelting in Guwahati, protesters attempt to attack RSS office in Dibrugarh
Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 (CAB) Protest in Assam, Tripura, Guwahati, Northeast Today Live News Updates: Protesters in Guwahati expressed fear that the CAB would “open the floodgates for illegal Bangladeshis and violate the Assam Accord” of 1985.
People take away wooden sticks from a roadblock put up by the protesters during yesterday’s protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Gauhati, India, Thursday Dec. 12, 2019. (AP/PHOTO)
Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) Protest Today Live News Updates: A day after the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) was passed in the Rajya Sabha, the Tripura Congress called for a shut down in the state on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Army in Assam conducted a flag march as people defied the curfew to protest against the Bill. Ruling BJP MPs from the state have expressed “genuine concern” at the “tense situation” and said that “people are worried and confused”. “I don’t know about tomorrow. There is misunderstanding and misinterpretation. People should understand things correctly. It’s getting worse,” said Guwahati MP Queen Oja.
Guwahati, the epicenter of anti-CAB protests, was placed under indefinite curfew on Wednesday. The Army was deployed, mobile internet services were snapped in 10 other districts — Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup as tens of thousands of protesters descended on the streets. Protesters in Guwahati expressed fear that the CAB would “open the floodgates for illegal Bangladeshis and violate the Assam Accord” of 1985. At many locations, protesters were seen holding placards that read “No CAB”, and shouting slogans against the Bill and the BJP-led state government.
Meanwhile, the Central government has issued an advisory to private TV channels against showing content that “can encourage or incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order” or “promotes anti-national attitudes” or anything that can affect the “integrity of the nation”.