New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia students protesting against the amended Citizenship Act celebrated Christmas even as their agitation entered its 13th day on Wednesday. They were joined in the Christmas celebrations by social activist Swami Agnivesh.
Students decorated the road outside the university with Christmas finery and carried on their protest, voicing dissent against the new law.
A student dressed up as Santa Claus was carrying a poster which read, 'Merry Christmas everyone apart from Delhi Police', expressing the students' anger towards the force for its alleged brutality on them on 15 December when the police personnel had entered the campus and lathicharged" them after violent protests outside.
Christmas celebrations in #Jamia. The protests against Citizenship Act is still going strong there. Today they once again sent out the message of beauty of India's diversity and secularism.#MerryXmas pic.twitter.com/vQz0BxwOYL
— Kawalpreet Kaur (@kawalpreetdu) December 25, 2019
"Jamia's Ganga Jamuna tehzeeb honours all religions and recognises the essential oneness behind the seemingly different paths to God. We celebrated Christmas on the 13th day of our protests," a Jamia students' group said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Jamia Coordination Committee, which comprises members from various political outfits active on the campus, has called for a gherao of the Uttar Pradesh Bhawan on 27 December. The protest will be against the alleged "state-sponsored crackdown on anti-CAA and NRC protests and on the Muslim community".
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Updated Date: Dec 26, 2019 08:26:45 IST