“We demand the Indian government to immediately revoke three discriminatory pieces of legislation — the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Transgender Persons Act,” protest organizer Rehana Khan Parker said at the demonstration outside India’s consulate general in the capital.
Critics say the new law is divisive and fascist.
In their list of demands, they urged the Indian government to immediately repeal both the CAA and proposed NRC acts.
“Release all unjustly detained protestors and suspend police brutality against protestors!” Parker said.
It was the second protest against India’s citizenship law to take place in South Africa in less than a month.
Last month, scores of South Africans protested at the Indian consulate general in Johannesburg against the same laws.
In a recent interview, Iqbal Jassat, executive member of the Johannesburg-based advocacy group Media Review Network (MRN), appealed to South Africa’s ruling African National Congress-led government to break its silence on India’s atrocities and killings.
“We are deeply concerned about the inexplicable muted stance of President Cyril Ramaphosa. The horror inflicted upon India’s marginalized population — including mass arrests, torture and abductions of student activists — and the erosion of freedom of the press ought to be condemned at the highest level within the South African government,” Jassat said.
Officials of the Indian consulate general declined to receive the memorandum from the protesters. However, the protesters vowed to give it to the sheriff to deliver it to them on their behalf.