India dispatches military to counter citizenship bill protesters

by Daniel Payne · Dec 12th, 2019 3:20 pm
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The government of India on Thursday dispatched military and paramilitary forces to counter rising and heated protests against a controversial citizenship bill in the country.

The new law, the Citizenship Amendment Bill, offers pathways to citizenship for numerous non-Muslim minorities in the neighboring countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. Critics fear the new citizenship rules could result in an influx of new immigrants and a changing of local customs and lifestyles.

Protesters have resorted to burning piles of tires in some cases. Activists in one state, Tripura, have protested that their territory is "not the dumping ground of illegal migrants."