In a recent turn of events, Hollywood actor, John Cusack has joined the cause of condemning the Indian government’s crackdown on Jamia Millia Islamia University students.
Cusack, who starred in blockbusters such as Con Air and 2012 shared videos of Police brutality by Delhi authorities on students with the caption ‘Solidarity’.
John also went on to tweet Arundhati Roy’s statements on the amended Citizenship Act.
Among other things the actor did a series of retweets in which he shed light on the current political climate in India. This included a video of a protest in California against the amended Citizenship Act.
This is not the first time John Cusack has raised his voice against apparent acts of oppression by governments. He was a vocal critic of Obama Administration’s drone policy in the Middle East. In 2014 he also tweeted in support Palestinians during the Israel-Gaza conflict in the same year.
Several Bollywood personalities have expressed solidarity with Jamia Millia Islamia University students. These include Konkona Sensharma, Anurag Kashap, Rajkumar Rao among many others.
It is being reported that more than a 100 students were on the receiving end of violence by Delhi Police after protests against the newly amended Citizenship Act erupted. Indian Prime Minister has argued that the new law will allow minorities in Muslim majority countries escape from persecution and lead peacful life in India. However the law explicitly having different provisions for Muslims has attracted criticism from many including the United Nations for going against India’s secular roots.
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