Anti-CAA Protests Go Global: Chants of ‘Azaadi’ Echo In Berlin
On 21 December, Indians in Berlin gathered to protest the Citizenship Amendment Act passed in India. We all condemn the CAA and the NRC, which taken together are a draconian breach of our Constitution.
Voices of ‘Azaadi’ echoed at Brandenburg Gate — students, seniors, people of all age groups joined the protest. Students from different cities in Berlin too joined in solidarity.
In addition to the NRC and CAA, this is also about the right to protest, which is a more fundamental right than any other. Unfortunately, students back home have been subjected to brutality at the hands of the state, their rights taken away. This, in supposed safe spaces like Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi and Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh.
For the past couple of weeks, videos and photos of this brutality have shocked and pained us.
However, the students’ perseverance is commendable given these circumstances. Not just them, people from all walks of life are claiming the streets. This is both inspiring and necessary.
This is our idea of India — people standing together, raising our voices for something we believe in, to demand something that is right.
All of us make India, and that is the essence of our Constitution.
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