14:20 GMT31 October 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The protest at Delhi's Shaheenbagh has been going on for almost 100 days. Recently, protesters have been warned to clear the site due to the spread of the coronavirus.

    An anti-citizenship law protest site has been cleared by police in Shaheeh Bagh, Dehli, after Delhi chief Arvind Kejriwal announced restrictions on gatherings of more than 20 people last week to slow the spread of the pandemic. Tents were dismantled after protesters were removed and several people were detained from Delhi's Shaheen Bagh after they resisted. Nine protestors, including six women, have been taken to custody.

    ​Similar protests inspired by Shaheenbagh in other areas of Delhi have also been cleared by police. Some eight protest sites, including Shaheeh Bagh, have been cleared by police supporting paramilitary forces.

    The protest site blocked an arterial road connecting southeast Delhi to adjoining Noida, leading to massive traffic jams and diversions. Hearing a petition on seeking the removal of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters from Delhi's Shaheen Bagh and the clearing of the Kalindi Kunj road, India's top court earlier said a protest on a public road cannot continue indefinitely. 

    Introduced in December 2019, the CAA grants citizenship to undocumented Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain, and Parsi immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. The law sparked violent protests across India for purportedly discriminating against Muslims, who form a minority in the country of an estimated 200 million. 


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