In pictures: Clashes erupt in Delhi over citizenship law

Protests across New Delhi against the new citizenship law

AFP / Reuters December 16, 2019
Demonstrators protesting outside police headquarters. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI: More than 100 students protesting against a new Indian citizenship law were injured in New Delhi as they clashed with police who used tear gas and baton charges to disperse demonstrators at a major university.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government says the new law will save religious minorities such as Hindus and Christians from persecution in neighbouring Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan by offering them a path to Indian citizenship. But critics say the law, which does not make the same provision for Muslims, weakens India’s secular foundations.

 A passenger bus burns after it was set on fire by demonstrators. PHOTO: REUTERS A passenger bus burns during the clashes. PHOTO: REUTERS

A man runs past a burning bus that was set on fire by demonstrators during a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS A man runs past a burning bus during a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS

Demonstrators run for cover as smoke billows from a tear gas shell fired. PHOTO: REUTERS Students run for cover as smoke billows from a tear gas shell fired. PHOTO: REUTERS

Demonstrators hurl stones towards police during protest. PHOTO: REUTERS Students clash with police during the protest. PHOTO: REUTERS

 Demonstrators during the protest. PHOTO: REUTERS Demonstrators during the protest. PHOTO: REUTERS

 Demonstrators react during a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS Female Muslim students save a fellow student from police brutality. PHOTO: REUTERS

 Demonstrators flip the bird during a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS Students flip the bird during the protest. PHOTO: REUTERS

 Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against a new citizenship law, outside the police headquarters in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS Students shout slogans during a protest against a new citizenship law. PHOTO: REUTERS

 Demonstrators protesting outside police headquarters. PHOTO: REUTERS Demonstrators protest against citizenship law outside the police headquarters in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS

 Demonstrators gathered outside police headquaters in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS Demonstrators gathered outside police headquarters in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS

Police clash with demonstrators following a protest against the Indian government's Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in New Delhi. PHOTO: AFP Police clash baton charge students amid a brutal crackdown. PHOTO: AFP

An injured man is shifted to a hospital after he was wounded during a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS An injured man is shifted to a hospital after he was wounded during the protest. PHOTO: REUTERS

A man grimaces in pain after he was injured during a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS A man grimaces in pain after he was injured during a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS

 Police chase away demonstrators during a protest against a new citizenship law. PHOTO: REUTERS Delhi Police chase away students during the protest. PHOTO: REUTERS

Policemen patrol past damaged motorcycles outside the Jamia Milia University following a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS Police officers patrol past damaged motorcycles outside the Jamia Milia University following a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS

 Students leave the Jamia Milia University following a protest against a new citizenship law. PHOTO: REUTERS Students leave the Jamia Milia University following a protest against a new citizenship law. PHOTO: REUTERS

The shoes of demonstrators are seen scattered along the road as police patrol after a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS The shoes of demonstrators are seen scattered along the road as police patrol after a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS

Students of the Jamia Milia University cover their faces as they take shelter in a mosque following a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS Students of the Jamia Milia University cover their faces as they take shelter in a mosque following a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS

Students raising their hands leave the Jamia Milia University following a protest against a new citizenship law. PHOTO: REUTERS Students raising their hands leave the Jamia Milia University following a protest against a new citizenship law. PHOTO: REUTERS

A woman reacts after she was injured during a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS A woman reacts after she was injured during a protest against a new citizenship law, in New Delhi. PHOTO: REUTERS

 

 

 

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