Against Citizenship act 2019, NESO observes black day across NE

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Against Citizenship act 2019, NESO observes black day across NE

Guwahati: Students’ organizations of the northeastern states (NESO)  observed “Black Day” across the region on Monday (December 11).

On the fourth anniversary of the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), December 11 was observed as a “Black Day” by student unions under the banner of the North East Students’ Organization (NESO).
The CAA was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 11 December 2029 despite the strongest protests and opposition in all the northeastern states.
Black flags and banners were displayed at almost all important places in the northeastern states.
NESO said the observation of the “Black Day” was to send a message to the central government that the students’ body was against the CAA.

Expressing dissatisfaction, the student bodies accused the Indian government of disregarding the relentless opposition voiced by indigenous peoples in the Northeast against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019. Despite widespread protests, the government proceeded to enact what the students deemed a “draconian law.”

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) was passed by the Parliament of India on 11 December 2019.

It amended the Citizenship Act, 1955 by providing an accelerated pathway to Indian citizenship for persecuted religious minorities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis or Christians, and arrived in India before the end of December 2014.

The students’ proclamation underscores their commitment to preserving the rights and identity of the indigenous populations in the North East.

The passage of the Act triggered different types of protests and criticisms.

Violent protests erupted in Assam, where the protesters maintained that the new provisions of this Act are against prior agreements such as the Assam Accord, and that they would cause a “loss of political rights and culture”.

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