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India: In Shadow of Trump’s India Visit, New Delhi Sees Worst Attacks on Muslims in Decades

Wednesday 26 February 2020, by siawi3

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

In Shadow of Trump’s India Visit, New Delhi Sees Worst Attacks on Muslims in Decades

“That this recent burst of anti-Muslim violence comes during Trump’s visit to India is only proof of not only Trump’s own legitimizing power of violence against Muslims but also the Pavlovian fascist reactionism in India to a fascist like Trump.”

Eoin Higgins,
staff writer

Photo: A shop set on fire during clashes between a group of anti-CAA protestors and supporters of the new citizenship act, near Maujpur and Jaffrabad metro station on February 24, 2020 in New Delhi, India.

A shop set on fire during clashes between a group of anti-CAA protestors and supporters of the new citizenship act, near Maujpur and Jaffrabad metro station on February 24, 2020 in New Delhi, India. (Photo: Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)

As President Donald Trump left India Tuesday after a state visit to the world’s largest democracy that saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing government signing a $3 billion arms deal with the U.S., attacks on Muslims in New Delhi that coincided with the trip killed at least 13 people in the worst violence in the city in at least two decades.

“Muslim friends in Delhi are contemplating leaving the city, some are already leaving for fear of riots spreading across Delhi,” tweeted journalist Rana Ayyub.

The clashes in New Delhi began on Sunday, just before Trump arrived in India for a whirlwind 36-hour visit that included a massive rally at a cricket stadium in Ahmedabad and a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra.

“While Trump and Modi glad-hand and swap platitudes, India’s capital has descended into deadly riots over religion,” tweeted Australian Broadcasting Corporation reporter Siobhan Heanue. “Much of the eyewitness (dare I say participant) footage I’m seeing on social media and WhatsApp groups is too gruesome to share.”

Al Jazeera journalist Sana Saeed directly tied the violence to the extremist Hindu supremacist Hindutva movement that Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) adhere to.

“What is happening in India is terrifying and it’s been inevitable; the Hindutva rhetoric has been one of violence,” said Saeed. “Some of the civilian reports coming out of the country are pointing to a worsening of violence—mosques being attacked, mobs surrounding Muslim homes.”

Caravan, an Indian outlet, detailed the connections between violence in Delhi to Modi’s BJP:

It should be noted here that all the areas from where violence is being reported are ruled by the BJP. All the areas which have witnessed targeted communal violence—Maujpur, Chand Bagh, Karawal Nagar, Bhajanpura, Babarpur, among others—come the under Karawal Nagar, Ghonda, Rohtas Nagar, and Ganghi Nagar assembly constituencies which the saffron party won in the February 2020 polls. In addition, these four assembly seats come under the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency which is represented by Manoj Tiwari, the BJP’s Delhi chief. All of these areas have a sizeable Muslim population, enough to polarise the localities.

As the New York Times reported, violence continued Tuesday:

Thousands of furious residents faced off again, hurling petrol bombs, attacking vehicles, hospitalizing several journalists and drawing more and more police officers and paramilitary troops.

The violence is connected to the ongoing protests against India’s divisive citizenship law, but this was the first time that the protests have set off major bloodshed between Hindus and Muslims. It’s an old and dangerous fault line, and any sign of communal violence raises alarm instantly.

On Tuesday, Trump claimed in a press conference that Modi’s government has “worked very hard to have great and open religious freedom.”

As Common Dreams has reported, India’s citizenship law is targeted at stripping rights from Muslims and the country is building concentration camps to house Muslims in the country’s northeast.

Videofrom Delhi showed buildings on fire and police forces ignoring the violence.

Al Jazeera’s Saeed connected Trump’s visit to the explosion in violence, noting that Modi and his movement already have blood on their hands, a reference to the Prime Minister’s alleged support for riots in the state of Gujarat that left nearly 800 Muslims dead in 2002 when he was the state’s governor.

“That this recent burst of anti-Muslim violence comes during Trump’s visit to India is only proof of not only Trump’s own legitimizing power of violence against Muslims but also the Pavlovian fascist reactionism in India to a fascist like Trump,” said Saeed.

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Source: https://sabrangindia.in/article/delhi-violence-gruesome-videos-anti-minority-violence-emerge

Delhi violence: Gruesome videos of anti-minority violence emerge

Delhi CM holds press conference for the first time since outbreak of violence in the north east district

by Sabrangindia

25 Feb 2020

Images here

Ever since violent clashes broke out between pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) groups in North East Delhi, several gruesome images and videos have appeared and gone viral on social media.

While some have been found to be misleading or outright fake, some others appear to be extremely disturbing as they showcase the blatantly communal agenda of the perpetrators.

For example, Alt News has debunked claims that the young man who opened fire on police was a pro-CAA activist. It was also discovered that the allegations of protesters carrying saffron flags were false, as a better resolution video revealed them to be crates that protesters were using as shields.

AltNews also exposed a video that was being circulated as evidence of atrocities against pro-CAA groups as a video from Pakistan where a cop can be seen thrashing a woman.

However, the following video clearly shows anti-CAA protesters being beaten brutally and made to sing the national anthem. They are also taunted for using Azaadi slogans. From the khaki trousers sported by the assailants and batons wielded by them, it appears that the bullies were in police uniform. The bullies can be heard demanding that they injured men sing the national anthem properly and they can also be heard using swear words.

Meanwhile, #HarHinduKapilMishra began trending on twitter in support of the controversial BJP leader who many believe instigated the violence with hate speech in the first place. Now, some activists have given a call to gather outside the residence of the Leftinent Governor at midnight.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has finally broken his silence about the violence in his state. Situation started worsening from Saturday, but Kejriwal whose government does not control the police had hitherto remained mum. However, just before meeting Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday, Kejriwal addressed a press conference. He said, “Violence will not offer solutions to either side. So, I appeal to everyone, with folded hands, to maintain peace.” He said, “We need more police forces to be deployed in affected areas. The junior officers feel handicapped to control violence in the absence of orders from above. Additionally, MLAs from border areas report that people are being brought in from outside. The border needs to be sealed.” Kejriwal also said, “I have directed all magistrates to hold peace marches with the police. I have requested them to hold interfaith peace meetings.”