Monday, June 17, 2024

Photo Story: A community which came out to protest against CAA and never went back

Photo and text: Shaheen Abdulla

People of Shaheen Bagh has been protesting against CAA for a week blocking the highway between Noida and south Delhi. Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/Maktoob

The freezing cold of Delhi is nowhere near the spirits of hundreds camping in Shaheen Bagh, near the banks of river Yamuna in south Delhi. Women and children take centre stage and stay overnight. They pledge they will not leave until the Controversial Citizenship Act is not scrapped.

Women and children camp on the streets overnight to keep the course of the blockade alive. Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/Maktoob

People came out on Saturday, December 14, in response to the call given by local leaders along with MLA Amanathulla Khan. They have been blocking the highway which connects south Delhi with Noida for the week in protest against CAA. Although Amanathulla Khan was charged with FIR and not able to be present, people took control.

The protest is ignored by Mainstream media and people are skeptical about their coverage. Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/Maktoob

Rejecting the government, people around the country have invaded the streets and roads protesting against CAA and NRC. even though the government is adamant to curb the protest, no efforts seem working. Internet connectivity has been disrupted many times in Shaheen Bagh.

Once one of the busiest roads of Delhi, the Highway which connects Noida with South Delhi has been blocked for a week by the protester. Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/Maktoob

Women and students are moderating and sloganeering in the freezing cold of winter as men and youth organise and facilitate food and bed. Anyone in the crowd can speak or perform. students come up with poems and the crowd welcomes anyone who speaks without instigating violence. Boys come up with poems and ideas which are shared and appreciated by the elderly.

People from all beliefs are camping to extend support to the Muslim community. Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/Maktoob
The nights are filled with performance and talks. Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/Maktoob

Kurshid, an MBBS aspirant is guarding the place as they have used three blockades to make territories to keep people safe police. “There might be anti-social elements in the crowd and if we don’t maintain the space, things can get ugly,” says the twenty-year-old.

Mothers come along with children and proudly makes them engage in the protest. Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/Maktoob
Food and refreshments are arranged by people. they are cooked on the highway itself . Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/Maktoob

Although there is no room for violence, people are worried about police action and unpredictable crackdown. more than twenty people have been killed by police in the past two days as reports of police brutality are flooding from UP and parts of Delhi

The protest started the day after students of Jamia was brutally beaten up for marching towards parliament. Students are coming to the protest extending solidarity. Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/Maktoob

He claims that no violence has been reported from the crowd as people themselves keep the decorum. youth from the area takes shifts in guarding the barricades.

Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/Maktoob
Shaheen Abdulla
Shaheen Abdulla
Shaheen Abdulla, an award-winning journalist, is the Deputy Editor of Maktoob.


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