The Curfew has been relaxed today in Assam’s largest city, Guwahati and Dibrugarh in view of demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). In Guwahati, the curfew has been relaxed from 9 am to 4 pm; in Dibrugarh it’s 8 am to 2 pm but mobile internet, offices and messaging service remain closed. Internet service was stopped from Thursday evening after large-scale protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
On the other hand, protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act are spreading in other states of the Northeast as well. Naga Students Union (NSF) in Nagaland has called for a six-hour shutdown on this issue today. It was started at six in the morning. The NSF said in a statement, “This shutdown has been called to show dissatisfaction of Naga people against the passing of controversial CAB in Parliament.” The bill is against the interests and feelings of the people of the northeastern states. The NSF has asked all its units in Manipur, Assam and Nagaland to take all necessary steps in the wake of this shutdown.
In a rare show of solidarity with the protesters, government employees at the secretariat wore ‘gamosa’, the state’s symbol of honour, and stood behind the gates and chanted slogans against the CAB. The Assam Secretariat Employees’ Association also issued a statement supporting the protests and opposing the CAB.