by Deanna Maria R.

Reported by BBC NEWS on December 16, 2019, the vice chancellor, Najma Akhtar, from Jamia Millia Islamia University, claimed that police stormed the university library looking for stray protestors and, confusing students with protestors, assaulted students. She also claimed the police entered the university without permission. This incident occurred in India due to people protesting the new citizenship law that allows non-Muslim illegal immigrants citizenship when Muslims from Muslim majority countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan) are not allowed to apply for citizenship.

Protestors claim the new law is anti-Muslim while others fear mass migration. Student protestors and police clashed on Sunday outside the university while fires burned in the background. The piece does not say who started the blaze or why. While protest is tense and spreading, we see one protestor spray-painting ‘Jamia is bleeding’ on the street.

Led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, protests against the law continue in West Bengal state while Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeals for calm. Protestors are also seen outside Delhi police headquarters. ‘Islam Rahega’ or roughly translated ‘Islam will remain’, written on a pillar, signifies better exactly the viewpoint of the protestors and what they believe about Non-Muslim illegal immigrants’ ability to gain citizenship while they are forbidden to. Intense protests continue while those in other countries look on to see what will come of the protests.