A sea of students from the prestigious Gauhati University of Assam took out a massive rally termed as 'Akou Horaighat” (Saraighat Again) to mark their dissent against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
A massive number of students, teachers, alumni, as well as local celebs flocked to the University premises, to from the main gate of the University in Guwahati in Assam.
Assam heartthrob Zubeen Garg, who could not be present at the protest rally, had earlier posted a video on social media, lending his support to the students’ movement against the Citizenship Bill.
Aminul Islam, a former student of the University, told Inside Northeast, "The mood was grim at the protest, as the Assam seems to be lurching towards the consequences of the Bill. However, we took active part in the rally -- some of us even wrote messages with blood."
Artistes such as Dikshu and Achurjya Borpatra joined the movement against the Bill, saying it is high time for all to unite under one roof, and protest against the contentious Bill, that is a serious threat to the indigenous communities of the North East.
Actor Ravi Sarma, who had resigned from the BJP party earlier today, also participated in the protest and said that the Bill is "communal" in nature, and must be scrapped.
Meanwhile, students of the University's Hostel-RCC 1 also prepared banners, with slogans written in their blood. The bloody notes could be seen displayed along the route of the protest rally.
Videos of Assamese students across the country (and even abroad!) extending their support to Gauhati University’s protest were circulated over social media to inform and urge the public to join the mass protest in order to defeat the Citizenship Bill.
Students from the Aligarh Muslim University, Tezpur University, Banaras Hindu University, and Delhi University, etc, have extended solidarity to their GU brethren ahead of the massive protest.
Akou Horaighat which literally translates to Again Saraighat is another battle for the Assamese. Meanwhile, protests against the Bill have been raging across Assam, and other parts of the Northeast against the contentious Bill.
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