People of the Assamese community in Toronto, Canada staged protest against the amended Citizenship Act outside the Indian Consulate in Melbourne on December 23rd, 2019.
The Assamese community people in Toronto demanded revocation of the newly enacted Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) as it “threatens the linguistic and cultural identity of the Assamese people in Assam”.
Violent protests erupted in Assam after the Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on December 11th, 2019. The streets of the state turned into a veritable battle zone littered with burnt tyres, logs, stones, rubber pellets and teargas shells as seething protesters descended on the streets opposing the Bill.
A total of 241 criminal cases have been registered in Assam following the violent protests against the controversial CAA. 385 persons have been arrested so far in relation to these cases, informed GP Singh, Additional Director General Police (Law and Order), Assam.
Four people have been killed in police firing in Assam, while an oil tanker driver was charred to death when his vehicle was set on fire in Orang.