The eastern town of Dibrugarh turned into the nerve centre of anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019, protests in Assam on December 24, where thousands gathered to register their opposition to the new legislation.
Nearly 50,000 people from different walks of life, including students, youths, women and specially-abled people, assembled at Chowkidingee Field in Dibrugarh.
The protest, ‘Janatar Gorjon’ (Public Roar), was organised by All Assam Students Union (AASU) and 30 ethnic organisations of the state.
AASU central leaders Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya, Dipanka Nath and Lurinjyoti Gogoi among others, spoke on the occasion.
Several songs and poems were performed at the protest venue with artists also joining the demonstration in large numbers.
A massive protest rally was also organised at Nehru Maidam at Tezpur against the CAA.
Assam has been in grips of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019, that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to illegal Hindu, Parsi, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist and Christian migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who had entered India prior to December 31, 2014, without any documents.
People of Northeastern states, especially Assam and Tripura, are demanding its revocation as they fear being ‘overrun’ by non-Muslims from neighbouring Bangladesh.