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Protests in India because of the accelerated citizenship for non-Muslims

Protesters in Northeast India set fire to tires and cut trees to block roads on Tuesday in a standstill in the region – hours after legislators approved the new citizenship law.

The legislation, which will be presented to the House of Lords on Wednesday, will speed up the citizenship claims of refugees from three neighboring countries – but not if they are Muslims.

For Islamic groups, the opposition, rights groups and others, this fits in with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist agenda to marginalize the 200 million Muslims in India – something he denies.

A police officer removes burning tapes set on fire by protesters during the strike to protest Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), a bill aimed at giving citizenship to religious minorities being persecuted in neighboring Muslim countries, in Guwahati, India, December 10th

A police officer removes burning tapes set on fire by protesters during the strike to protest Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), a bill aimed at giving citizenship to religious minorities being persecuted in neighboring Muslim countries, in Guwahati, India, December 10th

Activists of All Assam Students Union (AASU) hang images of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian Interior Minister Amit Shah and Assam Prime Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and others during a protest against the Citizenship Amend Bill. Citizenship Amendment Bill protest, Guwahati

Activists of All Assam Students Union (AASU) hang images of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian Interior Minister Amit Shah and Assam Prime Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and others during a protest against the Citizenship Amend Bill. Citizenship Amendment Bill protest, Guwahati

Activists of All Assam Students Union (AASU) hang images of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian Interior Minister Amit Shah and Assam Prime Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and others during a protest against the Citizenship Amend Bill. Citizenship Amendment Bill protest, Guwahati

Students from Gauhati University shout slogans against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 (CAB) in Guwahati, Assam, India

Students from Gauhati University shout slogans against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 (CAB) in Guwahati, Assam, India

Students from Gauhati University shout slogans against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 (CAB) in Guwahati, Assam, India

Protesters call on slogans to protest the Government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10

Protesters call on slogans to protest the Government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10

Protesters call on slogans to protest the Government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10

People in Northeast India object for various reasons, fearing that large numbers of Hindu migrants from Bangladesh who they say are intruders will get citizenship.

On Tuesday, the region between Bangladesh, China and Myanmar was paralyzed by a general strike by dozens of organizations, with buses off the road and most schools and shops closed.

& # 39; The bandh (strike) has received a total response in the northeastern states, & # 39; said Samujjal Bhattacharyya of the powerful umbrella group the North East Students & Organization.

& # 39; We made it clear … that CAB (the Citizenship Amendment Bill) will not be accepted and we will intensify our agitation, & # 39; he told AFP.

A police officer tries to extinguish a fire that has been ignited by students during a closure protest against the bill for citizenship in Gauhati, India

A police officer tries to extinguish a fire that has been ignited by students during a closure protest against the bill for citizenship in Gauhati, India

A police officer tries to extinguish a fire that has been ignited by students during a closure protest against the bill for citizenship in Gauhati, India

Protesters call slogans as they burn tires on the road against the government's citizenship bill during an attack by the North East Students & # 39; Organization (NESO)

Protesters call slogans as they burn tires on the road against the government's citizenship bill during an attack by the North East Students & # 39; Organization (NESO)

Protesters call slogans as they burn tires on the road against the government's citizenship bill during an attack by the North East Students & # 39; Organization (NESO)

Commuters walk while vehicles stay off the road during a protest against the bill

Commuters walk while vehicles stay off the road during a protest against the bill

Commuters walk while vehicles stay off the road during a protest against the bill

Citizens shout slogans as they participate in a protest procession during the strike of the North East Students & NESO against the Government's Citizenship Change Act (CAB) on Tuesday

Citizens shout slogans as they participate in a protest procession during the strike of the North East Students & NESO against the Government's Citizenship Change Act (CAB) on Tuesday

Citizens shout slogans as they participate in a protest procession during the strike of the North East Students & NESO against the Government's Citizenship Change Act (CAB) on Tuesday

A paramilitary soldier walks across a zebra line that says & # 39; No CAB & # 39; during a shutdown protest

A paramilitary soldier walks across a zebra line that says & # 39; No CAB & # 39; during a shutdown protest

A paramilitary soldier walks across a zebra line that says & # 39; No CAB & # 39; during a shutdown protest

Indian protesters show black flag to a police convoy during a shutdown protest against the Citizenship Change Act (CAB) in Gauhati

Indian protesters show black flag to a police convoy during a shutdown protest against the Citizenship Change Act (CAB) in Gauhati

Indian protesters show black flag to a police convoy during a shutdown protest against the Citizenship Change Act (CAB) in Gauhati

& # 39; Assam and northeastern states had already taken on a huge burden of illegal foreigners & # 39 ;, he said.

The lower house of India did not accept the bill until after midnight after a fiery debate in which a Muslim MP compared the government with the Nazis.

Once the law has been approved, it will become much easier for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians fleeing from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan to become Indians.

Members of the parliament (MP) of left parties shout slogans against the bill for citizenship of the government in New Delhi

Members of the parliament (MP) of left parties shout slogans against the bill for citizenship of the government in New Delhi

Members of the parliament (MP) of left parties shout slogans against the bill for citizenship of the government in New Delhi

Protesters call on slogans to protest the New Delhi Government Citizenship Bill

Protesters call on slogans to protest the New Delhi Government Citizenship Bill

Protesters call on slogans to protest the New Delhi Government Citizenship Bill

The government of Modi says that Muslims are excluded because they are not being prosecuted in these three countries.

Also excluded are other minorities who flee to other countries, such as Tamils ​​from Sri Lanka, Rohingya from Myanmar and Tibetans from China.

& # 39; This bill is consistent with the age-old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values ​​in India, & # 39; tweeted.

Protesters call on slogans to protest the Government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10

Protesters call on slogans to protest the Government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10

Protesters call on slogans to protest the Government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10

A woman is holding a sign on Tuesday during a protest against the CAB in New Delhi

A woman is holding a sign on Tuesday during a protest against the CAB in New Delhi

A woman is holding a sign on Tuesday during a protest against the CAB in New Delhi

Protesters call on slogans to protest the Government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10

Protesters call on slogans to protest the Government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10

Protesters call on slogans to protest the Government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10

& # 39; I say again and again that this bill has nothing to do with the Muslims in this country & # 39 ;, Interior Minister Amit Shah told parliament.

Shah has raised further fears among Indian Muslims with his goal of running a National National Register of Citizens (NRC) that he says all & # 39; infiltrators & # 39; will be excluded by 2024.

On Monday, nearly 1200 scientists and scholars from institutions in India and abroad published a joint letter in which they reported their & # 39; dismay & # 39; voiced about legislation, in which the constitution called for members of all religions to be treated equally.

The American Commission for International Religious Freedom Monday called for sanctions against Shah and called the bill a & # 39; dangerous turn in the wrong direction & # 39 ;.

Protesters call on slogans to protest the Government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10

Protesters call on slogans to protest the Government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10

Protesters call on slogans to protest the Government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi on December 10

Protesters shout slogans as they hold placards to protest the government's Citizenship Change Act (CAB), during the shutdown organized by the North East Students' Organization, in Agartala in the northeastern state of Tripura of India on December 10

Protesters shout slogans as they hold placards to protest the government's Citizenship Change Act (CAB), during the shutdown organized by the North East Students' Organization, in Agartala in the northeastern state of Tripura of India on December 10

Protesters shout slogans as they hold placards to protest the government's Citizenship Change Act (CAB) during the shutdown organized by the North East Students' Organization, in Agartala in the northeastern state of Tripura of India on December 10

A protester responds while being held by the police during a protest against the Citizenship Change Act, a law that seeks to give citizenship to religious minorities being persecuted in neighboring Muslim countries, in Agartala

A protester responds while being held by the police during a protest against the Citizenship Change Act, a law that seeks to give citizenship to religious minorities being persecuted in neighboring Muslim countries, in Agartala

A protester responds while being held by the police during a protest against the Citizenship Change Act, a law that seeks to give citizenship to religious minorities being persecuted in neighboring Muslim countries, in Agartala

The body said that the bill together with the proposed National Register of Citizens created a religious test for Indian citizenship that would strip citizenship of millions of Muslims.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted that the legislation of the & # 39; fascist & # 39; Government of India & # 39; all standards of international human rights law and bilateral agreements & # 39; violates.

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