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Indian protesters stage shutdown against citizenship bill
December 10, 2019

In India, hundreds of demonstrators closed down streets in northeastern India today in protest of a controversial legislation regarding citizenship right to minorities who immigrated to the country illegally.

According to reports, protesters blocked traffic across the state of Assam, including in the state capital Gauhati, by burning tires and sitting on roads. Shops and businesses closed and several vehicles were vandalized.

The protesters have burned effigies of leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

The shutdown was organized by the North East Students Organization, an association of student groups from across India's eight northeastern states.