Citizenship Act protests planned across India today, Section 144 in Bengaluru

Citizenship Act protests planned across India today, Section 144 in Bengaluru

Multiple protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, have been planned across the country on December 19.

Protests have been planned in Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra at 4.00 pm and 4.30 pm respectively.

A demonstration has been scheduled for 10.00 am in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar at 7.00 pm. Protests have been planned in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh at 2.00 pm and Chennai, Tamil Nadu at 3.00 pm. A demonstration has been planned in Hyderabad, Telangana at 4.00 pm.

On December 18 night, the permission for such gatherings was withheld in New Delhi. A protest was scheduled to happen near the Red Fort. Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow has also banned large gatherings. Section 144 was imposed in parts of Karnataka, including state capital Bengaluru.

It is unclear if some of these planned protests will happen due to local restrictions.

Karnataka

Section 144 has been imposed in parts of Karnataka, including Bengaluru and Mangaluru. This bans gatherings of four or more persons.

The orders in Bengaluru will be in force for three days starting from 6.00 am on December 19 till December 21 midnight. In Mangaluru, it will be for two days from December 19 morning till December 21 midnight.

The state capital has seen a number of protests in the last few days. According to reports, at least two protests were planned in Bengaluru on December 19 and one on December 20.

A protest is planned at Town Hall at 11.00 am. The protest is reportedly backed by opposition parties, including the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The organisers have said they intend to go ahead with the protest despite prohibitory orders in place.

Left-parties have also planned to hold a protest against the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and CAA at Mysore Bank Circle at 11.00 am, reports suggest.