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Police clear out longest-running anti-Modi protests

New Delhi: Police in India’s capital broke up the longest-running protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s citizenship law on Tuesday, citing a ban on public gatherings because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Dozens of people, many of them women, have been staging a sit-in protest since early December on a street in the Shaheen Bagh neighbourhood, which has become a focal point for opposition to a law seen as discriminating against Muslims.

Protesters continue their sit-in demonstration while practising social distancing in New Delhi on Monday.

Protesters continue their sit-in demonstration while practising social distancing in New Delhi on Monday.Credit:Getty Images

Hundreds of police in riot gear surrounded the protesters early on Tuesday and told them to leave, said Delhi’s joint police commissioner DC Srivastava.

“It is a dangerous environment, with this coronavirus, we urged them to leave,” he told reporters.

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