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Protests Against CAA Continue

At least 20 people in New Delhi have reportedly been killed in protests against India’s citizenship Amendment Act or CAA.

The killings come as President Trump concludes his first official visit to the country. President Trump met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and members of Modi’s political party the BJP during his two-day trip.

The president said they discussed religious liberty but he evaded questions about the law and ongoing unrest during a press conference on Tuesday.

Trump speaks in a conference “They have worked very hard to have great and open religious freedom and if you look back and look at what’s going on relative to other places especially but they have really worked hard on religious freedom but I asked that question in front of a very large group of people today and he talked about it we talked to better for a long time and I really believe that’s what he wants as far as the individual attack, I heard about it but I didn’t discuss, that with him that’s up to India.”

India’s Parliament passed the CAA in December providing a path to citizenship from migrants from three Muslim majority countries, so long as they’re not Muslims.

Critics argue the law is anti-muslim and violates India’s secular Constitution. They also cite the government’s annexation of Kashmir in August.

Demonstrations against the CAA have continued for more than two months and have been largely peaceful but violence erupted on Sunday when protesters of the law reportedly attacked supporters in Muslim-majority areas of north-eastern Delhi.

Hospital officials say, those killed include both Hindus and Muslims as well as at least one police officer.

Hundreds of others have been injured as police have tried to quell tensions. The BJP clears that it’s biased against India’s one hundred and eighty million Muslims and its officials have urged all parties to avoid any actions that could escalate the situation.

But critics have accused the BJP of instigating attacks against anti CAA demonstrators with one telling al-jazeera English that they seemed premeditated.

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Written by Ashutosh Kumar

He studied software engineering but wanted to be a writer since born. So, he followed his passion and ended up being a reporter for PoopBite. He has a very deep-seated interest in all current affairs topics whatsoever. He is also a passionate photographer.

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