Shillong: Placards and a black flag are hoisted across Meghalaya as a mark of protest against the passage of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Saturday.
The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), the apex student’s body of the indigenous student groups across the seven Northeastern states, observed the second anniversary of the Act as a “black day” on Saturday.
Several political parties in the region had strongly opposed tooth and nail against the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by Rajya Sabha on December 11, 2019.
In Meghalaya, activists of the Khasi Student’s Union and Garo Student’s Union were hanging placards and black flags in all important locations of the State.
NESO Chairman Samuel Jyrwa said, “December 11 will always be remembered as a “Black Day” for the whole of the North East. The “black day” is a message to the Centre that the people of the region are against the CAA.”
Jyrwa said the observation was also to give a message to the Indian government that the people in the region are against this Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 and also to remind the indigenous people of the State and the region of yet another political injustice that the Indian government perpetrated against the indigenous peoples of the North East.