Jahnu Barua (file image)
Jahnu Barua (file image)

Award-winning filmmaker Jahnu Baruah has lashed out at the Centre and the Assam government for “imposing” the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA.

“With the capacity of their power alone, Delhi has today disrobed the motherland of the people of Assam and the Northeast,” Barua said in a social media post.

“In this attempt to annihilate us, our traitorous leaders have sold their souls to join hands with Delhi,” he added.

“My appeal to each individual in Assam and the Northeast- let us keep up the fight. In the same way that we were victorious in the past, we must win in this one too,” Barua reiterated.

“My friends, please keep in mind that our movement is completely peaceful and non-violent. Please never resort to violence of any kind,” he appealed the protesters to keep the protests peaceful.

“No government or non- governmental property should be harmed. We must continue our struggle in a non-violent manner,” he reiterated.

“In our democratic nation, we must win through democratic means. This fight to protect our indigenous identity and rights is going to be a long one,” Barua said.

“Please exercise patience and self-control as we determine our path towards victory,” he reiterated.

After the CAA was passed in the Parliament, the filmmaker announced of withdrawing from the Assam State Film Awards which was scheduled to take place in the state somewhere in December.

As anti-CAA protests intensified and due to the artist fraternity supporting these protests, the state film awards were, however, postponed for an indefinite period.

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