US, Canada Warn Citizens Against Visiting India’s Northeast Amid CAA Violent Protests

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Protesters shout slogans against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Guwahati.– AP

Caravan News

NEW DELHI  — The US and Canada embassies here have issued travel advisories to their citizens against travelling India’s Northeast in the wake of violent protests raging in the entire region over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

An advisory issued by the American embassy here on Friday stated that the US citizens should “exercise caution in light of media reports of protests and violence in response to the approval of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill”, according to reports.

The US said they have also temporarily suspended official travel to Assam.

“Internet and mobile communications may be disrupted. Transport may be affected in various parts of the region. Protests have also been reported in other parts of the country,” the advisory stated.

American citizens have been asked to keep a low profile, be aware of surroundings, monitor local media for updates, review personal security plans and notify friends and family for safety.

On Saturday, Canada embassy issued a travel advisory for its citizens requesting them to avoid their trip to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland.

People of these states are protesting against Citizenship Amendment ACT for over a week now.

Tens of thousands of protesters against CAB — which has now become a law — are on the streets of northeast since Wednesday, clashing with police and plunging the region into a chaos.

A huge number of security personnel have been deployed in these areas to control the situation.

(With inputs from IANS)

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