Officials in parts of India banned people from meeting up in groups, but sporadic demonstrations continue. Read the latest here.
What’s happened in India:
- Last week, the ruling Hindu nationalist BJP partypassed an amendment to the country’s citizenship law. The rule, known locally as CAA, provides an easier path to citizenship for “persecuted religious minorities” from the neighboring Muslim-majority nations of Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
- The new law, seen as a “Muslim ban” by many, has prompted widespread protests, particularly in diverse border regions like Assam, which see their religious and political plurality threatened.
- Some of the protests have turned violent, resulting in thousands of arrests and at least 6 civilian deaths.
- As of Thursday, the government has banned demonstrations against the CAA.
All updates in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
09:10 News agency ANI reports that the internet is also being cut in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh.
7:36 Protests have been continuing in several cities despite the ban, including in Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Yamunanagar, Hyderabad, with police arresting dozens of demonstrations.
7:00 The Dehli Metro Rail Corporation announces that at least seventeen metro stations are closed. This is likely to prevent protestors from reaching marches.