Thousands of men, women, children of diversified culture & belief system marched peacefully from CNN to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Zain Syed, a native of Alpharetta, said that the purpose of this march was "to save the Indian Constitution, democratic values and freedom".
The parliament of India recently passed a Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), that would essentially give Indian citizenship to refugees from neighboring countries subject to their religion. Muslims are excluded from this privilege. This law along with the National Register of Citizens (NRC) law, "has the ability to disenfranchise 150 million Indian Muslims and put them in detention centers", said Asif Mehdi, one of the key organizers of the march.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called it "fundamentally discriminatory" and called India to pass laws that "applies to all people in need of protection from persecution and other human rights violations, with no distinction as to race, religion, national origin or other prohibited grounds".
"I would like the Indian Government to repeal the CAA law and not implement NRC across India." said Asif. "People from all Indian faiths came up to support the protest - they included Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists."
The protest was under the umbrella of "Coalition to stop Genocide". It included organizations like Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), Ambedkar International Center, Equality Labs and Hindus for Human Rights.
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