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For almost one-and-half hours, the traffic came to a standstill on Banerjee Road, the main artery of the city, due to the protests. However, no violence or untoward incidents were reported during the protest, according to Kochi City Police…reports Asian Lite News

 by . South Indian state of Kerala is bracing for more protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act. On the New Year Day, Kochi, the commercial capital, saw a massive rally through its streets organised by several Islamic organisations.

Another major rally, organised by Kozhikode Pouravali , will take place on Friday in Kozhikode, the main city at erstwhile Malabar.

Nearly half a million people protest in Kochi against the controversial Bill passed by both Houses of the Indian Parliament last month.

For almost one-and-half hours, the traffic came to a standstill on Banerjee Road, the main artery of the city, due to the protests. However, no violence or untoward incidents were reported during the protest, according to Kochi City Police.

The rally culminated at the Marine Drive in Kochi where leaders of 13 prominent Muslim religious and socio-political organisations addressed a crowd of protesters to demand withdrawal of the controversial Act. The protesters waved Indian national flags and carried placards which read ‘Born in India, lived in India, will die in India’ and ‘Defence is not an offence’.

Sayed Hyderali Shihab Thangal, president of Muslim League, inaugurated the meeting.

“This law is against the diversity of our country, our secular traditions and values of Constitution shaped by several years of hard work. Today, they are targeting Muslims, tomorrow they might come for others. This is why the whole country has come out with strong protest against the CAA,” the Times of India reported Mr Thangal Thangals saying.

Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani, IUML national general secretary P K Kunhalikkutty, and MLA V K Ibrahim Kunju also spoke. Meanwhile, the political parties and religious organisations are organising more protests in the state in the coming days.

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