At least six persons killed in protests against Indian citizenship law

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At least six persons have been killed from violent protests in northeast India over a contentious citizenship Amendment Bill, which creates an expedited path to citizenship for migrants who entered the country illegally and belong to one of six religions, excluding Islam.

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Activists say the new law violates the country’s Constitution and secular standards.

Protesters in West Bengal set fire to part of a railway station complex, as well as some stores and buses, prompting calls for peace from Mamata Banjeree, the state’s chief minister.

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Opposition parties say the bill is unconstitutional as it bases citizenship on a person’s religion and would further marginalize India’s 200 million-strong Muslim community.

The new law could give Indian citizenship to immigrants from three neighboring countries but not if they are Muslim.

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