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Chennai anti-CAA march HIGHLIGHTS: Thousands march to Secretariat in demand for resolution against Citizenship Amendment Act

Chennai Anti-CAA Protest Today HIGHLIGHTS: Thousands of people are marching to the Secretariat at Fort St. George, demanding that the Tamil Nadu Assembly pass a resolution against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: February 20, 2020 8:27:43 am
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Chennai Anti-CAA March Today HIGHLIGHTS: Thousands of people matched to the Secretariat at Fort St. George in Chennai Wednesday to demand that the Tamil Nadu Assembly pass a resolution against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The rally began at 10 am from Kalaivanar Arangam.

The march was held despite the Madras High Court passing an interim order Tuesday denying permission for the same. A bench of Justices M Sathyanaraya and R Hemalatha had passed the order on a PIL seeking direction to the police to restrain the protesters from holding the rally. The next hearing is on March 11.

Thousands of police personnel had been deployed to maintain law and order during the rally, while drone cameras were used to monitor the crowd. Additionally, security was heightened at the Secretariat with only government vehicles granted entry to the premises.

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19:23 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Tamil Nadu opposition leaders submit signature campaign to President

Leaders of the oppposition parties in Tamil Nadu, including MDMK chief Vaiko and VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan and DMK MP Kanimozhi met President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi and submitted the signature petition against CAA, NPR and NRC today. 

On February 16, DMK and its allies had garnered over 2 crore signatures in a signature campaign against the implementation of CAA, NRC and NPR in the country.

14:56 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Chennai anti-CAA protest concludes, traffic restored to normalcy

The anti-CAA protest rally from Kalaivanar Arangam to the Secretariat, which had been carried out by thousands of citizens in Chennai today concluded in the afternoon. Thousands, including women had protested against at CAA, NRC and NPR at Wallajah Road and Chepauk today.

Traffic, which had been hit during the rally at Chepauk has been restored to normalcy.

13:43 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Chennai anti-CAA protest: Traffic congestion at Chepauk

Traffic at Chepauk in Chennai was brought to a standstill after protesters blocked the road during the anti-CAA rally in the city today.

13:08 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Chennai anti-CAA protest: Women take the lead at anti-CAA protest

Women took the centre stage at the anti-CAA rally in Chennai, as thousands of women protested along Wallajah Road in Chennai near Chepauk.

12:55 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Chennai anti-CAA protest: Thousands of women protest at Wallajah Road

Cries of 'Azadi' rent the air as thousands of women in Chennai took part in the anti-CAA rally at Chennai.

12:48 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Chennai anti-CAA protest: Thousands march to protest against CAA

A protester holds up a poster of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B R Ambedkar during the anti-CAA rally in Chennai. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik

12:43 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Chennai anti-CAA protest: Thousands of women take part in rally

Thousands of women are taking part in the anti-CAA rally in Chennai today. Following the lathi charge against protesters on February 14 at Washermenpet, women in the city have been an integral part of sit-in protests in the area, protesting against CAA and demanding action against the police officers who were involved in the lathi charge.

12:33 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Chennai anti-CAA protest: Drone cameras being used for surveillance

Security has been beefed up around the Secretariat at Fort St. George as thousands of protesters march from Chepauk, demanding the members of the legislative Assembly adopt a resolution against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Carrying placards against the CAA, NCR and NPR, posters of Mahatma Gandhi and B R Ambedkar, and the Indian flag, protesters marched amid tight police deployment. The police can be seen using drones to control the crowd.

Thousands of police personnel have been deployed after the Madras High Court denied permission to the protesters to carry out their rally.

12:27 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Chennai anti-CAA protest: Opposition raised CAA issue in state Assembly on Monday

Opposition DMK has attempted to raise the controversial citizenship law during the ongoing Budget session. DMK chief M K Stalin Monday said a resolution should be passed in the Assembly, and sought government action against police personnel who resorted to lathicharge. He also asked for cases against the protesters to be withdrawn. However, Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal said the state assembly does not have the provision to pass a resolution against CAA.

12:16 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Chennai anti-CAA protest: Fifth consecutive day of protests in Chennai

Protests have been held sporadically across Tamil Nadu since the controversial legislation was passed in Parliament in December. Several organisations and student bodies have staged protests, demanding the law be withdrawn. Days ago, a large protest began in Washermanpet — it is underway for the fifth consecutive day today — after the city police resorted to lathicharge at an anti-CAA demonstration last week.


Thousands of women have been protesting against CAA in Tamil Nadu following the lathi charge against protesters on February 14 in Washermenpet. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik
11:56 (IST)19 Feb 2020
DMK MP Kanimozhi tweets on appointment of officers to monitor protests

DMK MP Kanimozhi took to Twitter today to address the appointment of six officers in the State to monitor anti-CAA, NRC and NPR protests across Tamil Nadu. "Is the govt sending a message to anti CAA protestors?", she tweeted.

11:30 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Thousands protest along Wallajah Road

Thousands of citizens have joined the rally against CAA along Wallajah Road in Chennai today.

11:15 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Vehicle movement along Anna Salai restricted

Movement of vehicles along Anna Salai towards Wallajah Road has been restricted, with anti-CAA protesters carrying out a rally at Wallajah Road. Buses heading towards the Secreatariat along Napiers Bridge have been divereted towards Sivananda Salai.

11:10 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Protests across Tamil Nadu, Puducherry against CAA

Thousands of citixens are protesting against CAA across Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry, even as citizens in Chennai are carrying out a rally to the Secretariat to urge the house to pass a resolution against CAA today.

10:57 (IST)19 Feb 2020
DMK collects over 2 crore signatures in anti-CAA signature campaign

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and its allies garnered over 2 crore signatures during an anti-CAA signature campaign in the State. The signed petitions, which were disclosed on Sunday were all addressed to President Ram Nath Kovind againt the implementation of CAA, NRC and NPR in the country. 

10:55 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Protest rally commences in Chennai amid strict police vigil

Anti-CAA protesters in Chennai commenced their rally in the city at Chepauk. Gathering at Wallajah Road, the protesters will be marching to the Secretariat to demand the house to pass a resolution against CAA. 

Meanwhile, thousands of police personnel have been deployed on the roads to maintain law and order during the rally. Armed with protective gear, the police have been instructed to arrest violators. 

10:36 (IST)19 Feb 2020
CM Edappai K Palaniswami defends police action against protesters on February 14

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami defended the police action against protesters in Chennai's Washermenpet on February 14. He said that the police had arrested people for staging a protest without permission and added that the government had received information that few toxic elements are instigating the protests. 

“The protest in Washermanpet took place without permission. Hundreds of women and men took to the streets and blocked the roads causing disruption to public peace. When the police personnel tried to disperse them, they damaged the public property. Slippers, stones, and water bottles were hurled at the police. 82 people are arrested until now in connection with the protests. Few toxic elements are trying to instigate the protesters", he said.

READ | Anti-CAA protest enters fourth day, CM defends police action

The Chief Minister added that the ‘Amma’ government will never act against the interest of minorities and appealed to the Muslim communities to ignore rumors and co-operate for communal harmony.

10:26 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Thousands of women expected to march

Thousands of women are expected to take part in the rally against CAA in Chennai today. Following the lathi charge against protesters in Chennai's Washermenpet on February 14, women in the city have been organising sit-in protests at Washermenpet against the police excess and demanding action against those involved in the lathi charge against anti-CAA protesters. 

READ | Chennai: Police lathicharge anti-CAA protesters; 150 in custody

10:11 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Heavy police cover deployed at Chepauk

Over 4000 police personnel have been deployed in and around Chepauk to maintain law and order during the anti-CAA rally in Chennai today. A K Viswanathan, the Commissioner of Police said that violators will be detained during the march, with the Madras High Court having denied protesters permission to carry out the rally.

10:08 (IST)19 Feb 2020
Security heightened at Secretariat

The Chennai City Poliec have tightened security in the Secretariat ahead of the anti-CAA rally by protesters today. Police are carrying out stringent vehicle checks and only government vehicles with valid IDs are being granted entry at Fort St. George. 

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Chennai anti-CAA protest march today live updates:

The sit-in protest against the citizenship law entered the fourth day in Chennai’s Old Washermanpet’s Lala Gunda area after city police resorted to lathicharge at an anti-CAA demonstration last week.

More than 2,000 people, most of them women, are refusing to disperse unless the Tamil Nadu government passes a resolution in the assembly against CAA, NRC and NPR, and initiate action against the police officials involved in Friday’s lathicharge.

READ | Anti-CAA protest enters fourth day, CM defends police action

Several protesters at an anti-CAA demonstration at Chennai’s Washermanpet area were injured when police resorted to lathicharge late on Friday evening. At least three policemen also sustained injuries during the scuffle.

READ | Chennai: Police lathicharge anti-CAA protesters; 150 in custody

As many as 150 people have been taken into custody and police said they will be released later in the night.