India's government holds crisis meeting on the violent unrest

Violent street clashes in connection with the new statsborgerskabslove has claimed at least 20 lives in India. India's government keeps the Saturday crisis m

India's government holds crisis meeting on the violent unrest

Violent street clashes in connection with the new statsborgerskabslove has claimed at least 20 lives in India.

India's government keeps the Saturday crisis meeting.

It comes after violent unrest in connection with the new legislation have claimed at least 20 lives.

Thousands of protesters participating in the demonstrations against a new statsborgerskabslov. The law can be criticised for discriminating against the muslim minority in the country.

Police have used water cannons and tear gas against the demonstrators.

the Number of killed and wounded rose significantly on Friday, where it came to violent street fights in a variety of places - including in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh.

Here was at least 11 killed. One of them was an eight-year-old boy who was trampled to death.

Saturday, continuing protests and unrest in a number of cities.

There is, among others, announced new demonstrations in the capital city of New Delhi.

the Demonstrations due to a new statsborgerskabslov, which has been criticised for the exclusion of the muslim minority in the country.

the Law provides for the granting of citizenship to the buddhists, christians, hindus and sikhs, for example, fleeing from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. But it does not apply to muslims.

Islamic groups, opposition politicians and human rights groups say the new law is part of prime minister Narendra Modis hindu nationalist plans to marginalise India's 200 million muslims.

Modi denies the accusations.

It is not clear on the contentious new legislation can survive in the supreme court. Here, the case has been referred to by India's muslim association. The organization believes that the law violates the country's constitution.

Wednesday was the treatment of the law by the supreme court deferred to the 22. January.

/ritzau/AFP

Updated Date: 21 December 2019, 14:00

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