Thousands protest in rival demonstrations over new India law

Thousands protest in rival demonstrations over new India lawThousands protested in rival demonstrations in India Friday as tensions deepen over a citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim, with authorities deploying huge numbers of riot police in the country. Twenty-seven people have died in two weeks of at times violent demonstrations after Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government made it easier for non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to be naturalised. Coupled with a mooted citizens register, it has stoked fears — including in Washington and the UN rights office — about the marginalisation of Muslims who make up 14 percent of India’s 1.3 billion people.



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