Massive protests continue across India against the CAA, which has been termed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as “fundamentally discriminatory”.
The Act seeks to grant Indian citizenship to persons belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have migrated to India after facing persecution on grounds of religion in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh if they fulfil conditions for grant of citizenship.
As per a promo, a protest march will be taken out from Hauptbahnhof to RoBmarkt in Frankfurt on Saturday at 2 pm.
The protest march is being organized against the “discriminatory” Citizenship Amendment Act and in solidarity with students in universities across India.
The protest march is likely to be participated by Indian students and NRIs from different parts of Germany.
Frankfurt is the business and financial centre of Germany and the largest city in the German state of Hesse.
As per media reports, on Wednesday evening, hundreds of Indian students and diaspora stood outside the High Commission of India in London, in the cold and rain, to protest against the CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The protestors believe that these policies would suppress the rights of the minorities in India including the Muslims, Dalits and Adivasis.
The protesters in London also reportedly expressed solidarity with the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University and others who were assaulted by police while protesting against the Act.
At the protest, songs of ‘azadi’ echoed, the preamble of the constitution was read and the national anthem was sung.
Meena Kandasamy read a poem in Tamil and English called ‘We are not the Citizens’, a Kashmiri speaker described what it was like being “caged” in the Valley, and a group of Keralites joined the protest sloganeering in Malayali.
Several people from Assam, living in London, also staged protest against the new Act recently.
The Indian-Americans and Indian students also staged peaceful protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 in the US cities of Chicago and Boston.
The protestors said the new Act is a step towards rupturing India’s social fabric.
About 150 people marched to the Indian consulate from the Tribune Tower in Chicago.
“Chicago condemns the egregious behaviour of the Indian government,” a media report quoted the protesting students saying in a statement.
“We are outraged by the violence and actively condemn the brutality inflicted upon students at Jamia Milia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU),” the report further quoted the Indian students in Chicago as saying.