December 16, 2019

In solidarity

Explainers, reportage, and social media coverage of the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, and of the state response that is violating citizens' human rights.

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Yesterday was a day when our democracy took yet another nose dive, with state-sponsored oppression in the form of police brutality against peaceful protestors in the nation’s capital. There have been similar protests in universities across different cities. The terrifying truth is that yesterday feels like so many yesterdays in India’s recent past.

On Mondays, IDR usually publishes a humour piece. Instead, we wanted to share a compilation of articles, video footage, and social media handles that cover the events of the past 24 hours; the voices of citizens, of protestors; the rage; as well as updates on upcoming protests that people can participate in, across different cities.

If you’re looking for background on why people are protesting, The Indian Express offers a detailed explainer on the Citizen (Amendment) Act (CAA), its links to the National Register of Citizens (NRC), and how the two together discriminate against Muslims. Broadsheet breaks down the different reasons behind the protests in this explainer.

For live updates, you can check out The Quint and The Wire’s Twitter handle. For an account of what happened at the Jamia Millia Islamia campus, read this piece by TheWire. Here’s an account of the protests everywhere, in pictures.

To hear from students at the Jamia campus who witnessed the forceful entry of the police, check out this footage from The Caravan, as well as the Instagram accounts of @diary_of_jamian and @we_are_jamians.

“Agar sadan unki hai, toh sadak tumhari hai” (If the parliament is theirs, the street is yours), said Afaq Haider, a student at Jamia, while urging other students to be prepared for a long fight against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. Here’s a list of a few upcoming anti-CAA protests in Indian cities, so that you can not only know more, but do more.

If you’re in:


Place: Outside IIM Ahmedabad (old campus footpath)
Time: 4pm
Date: 16th December


Place: Town Hall
Time: 4pm and 6pm
Date: 16th December


Place: Stu-C, Panjab University
Time: 5pm
Date: 16th December


Place: IIT Kanpur
Time: 6pm
Date: 16th December


Place: Parivartan Chowk
Time: 2pm
Date: 16th December


1. Place: Mumbai University, Main Gate, Kalina Campus, Santacruz
Time: 4pm
Date: 16th December

2. Meeting to discuss and organise further anti-CAA action
Place: Ambedkar Bhavan, Dadar
Time: 7pm
Date: 16th December

3. Place: Opposite Wilson College at Girgaum Chowpatty
Time: 3pm
Date: 19th December

(This is a crowdsourced list which is accurate as of December 16, 2019 and may be subject to change. Find more up-to-date information on planned protests, on our Instagram handle.)

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