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    Protests Against CAA Continues In Assam, Schools Re-Open, No Violence Reported

    The Assam government on December 23rd, 2019 admitted that it did not have intelligence inputs about the large-scale violence during protests against the citizenship law

    Protests against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) continued in Assam with agitators staging sit-ins across the state. However, no violence was reported anywhere in the state.

    After 12-days shutdown, schools in 11 districts of the state re-opened on December 23rd, 2019 as the normalcy returned after two weeks of violent protests against the new CAA.

    The schools were remained closed from December 11th, 2019 due to massive protests against the citizenship law. Examinations in many educational institutions including Universities and colleges were cancelled and rescheduled owing to the non-stop protests.

    All Assam Students Union, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti,  students of various other organisations, artists, civil society, lawyers and many state government employees have supported the anti-CAA protests that started on December 10th, 2019.

    Violent protests broke out in several parts of the country after the citizenship law was passed in parliament on December 11th, 2019. 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.

    The agitators engaged in pitch battles with security personnel in almost every major city or town, forcing the administration to impose curfew and suspend internet services. 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.

    The Assam government on December 23rd, 2019 admitted that it did not have intelligence inputs about the large-scale violence during protests against the citizenship law. Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and said the government is monitoring social networking sites to identify hate posts.

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