Citizenship Protests in India Turn Violent

 Police banned public gatherings in parts of the Indian capital and other cities for a third day Friday, December 20 and cut internet services to try to stop growing protests against a new citizenship law that have so far left eight people dead and more than 1,200 others in detention.

In the state of Uttar Pradesh, protesters were beaten with batons when they started pelting stones at police.

Pellet guns and tear gas were also fired to quell protests which caused extensive damage to property.

  The new law will fast track citizenship for six non-Muslim religious minorities -- Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis, Buddhists, and Jains -- who fled religious persecution from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. However, it excludes Islam, a major religious group in South Asia. (AP)

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