Mindanao Times

India protests rage on as death toll rises to 24


THOUSANDS of people joined fresh rallies against a contentiou­s citizenshi­p law in India on Saturday, with 24 killed so far in nearly two weeks of widespread unrest.

The death toll jumped one day after demonstrat­ions turned violent on Friday in India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, where at least 15 people were killed including an eight-year-old boy who was trampled to death.

One protester died Saturday after clashes in Rampur, also in Uttar Pradesh, as police armed with batons used tear gas against a stone-pelting crowd, police told AFP.

Anger has been growing over the law, approved by parliament on December 11, which gives religious minority members from three neighbouri­ng countries an easier path to citizenshi­p -- but not if they are Muslim.

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