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PASS calls for state-wide shutdown in Gujarat

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The Patidar Arakshan Andolan Samiti (PASS) has called for a statewide shutdown in Gujarat on Wednesday. The move came after the arrest of PASS convener Hardik Patel yesterday which attracted a huge protest in the state.

Demanding reservations in jobs and education for Patel community, a mega-rally was held in Ahmadabad on Tuesday after which Hardik was arrested by police with charges of protesting without permission. He was soon released after the Patidars’ community started a violent agitation across the state. He then appealed for peace and restraint and said that the protest will last till the demands are not fulfilled.

Hardik Patel addressing the rally. credit: www.images.indianexpress.com
Hardik Patel addressing the rally.
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The rally with around 1.20 million Patidars turned into a sudden hunger strike at GDMC ground gate in which Hardik gave an ultimatum of 48 hours to the government to accept their demands. When the police took action, the protest turned into an aggressive fray in which protesters started attacking public and private properties. Buses and vehicles were set on fire and buildings were damaged. Curfew was imposed soon in the area.

The shutdown will result in heavy public inconvenience and loss of revenue. Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel has also appealed for maintaining peace in the state through a video message.

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Melbourne Sikhs join protests in Australia against Rohingya Muslims massacre

The Melbourne Sikh Community protested against ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims by security forces of Myanmar

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  • The Melbourne Sikh Community and the local Rohingya community got together and requested the Australian government to pressurize Myanmar government to stop Rohingya Muslims massacre
  • Sikh participants said that they will join another protest to support the Rohingya Muslims
  • Australian government should intercede in Myanmar’s unfortunate situation-Rohingya Muslims are being forced to flee

Jalandhar, Punjab, September 8, 2017: The Melbourne Sikh Community joined the Muslim protesters- the local Rohingya community on 7th September against Rohingya Genocide by the security forces of Myanmar. Both communities got together and requested the Australian government to pressurize the government of Myanmar to stop the tragic massacre of Rohingya Muslims.

The Sikh participants said that they will join another protest to support the Rohingya Muslims which would happen on 9th September, the scheduled place for which is the front of Melbourne’s state library. They were joined by other protesters when they handed over a memorandum to the Australian Foreign Affairs ministry office.

Manveer Singh Khalsa addressed the gathering, he said that the Australian government should definitely intercede in Myanmar’s unfortunate situation where the Rohingya Muslims are being forced to flee.

Also Read: Stop Lecturing And Demonizing India over its Plan to Deport 40,000 Stateless Rohingya Muslims: Minister

Ravi Inder Singh is the member of the Miri Piri Gurdwara managing committee in Australia, he said that the community members would also join Rohingya Muslims in protests happening in future. According to Times of India report, Singh said: “We condemn discrimination against any community and will continue raising voice against ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya community by security forces of Myanmar.”


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Another empty rhetoric: Trump rescinds transgender protection rights

It’s been a second month after Trump joined the office and has been outraging people already with his vexing policies

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Washington, Feb 24, 2017: Last Wednesday, trump administration rescinded the federal protection for transgender students to choose bathroom and locker rooms matching their gender identities. The instruction to the schools came out as a shock among Trans students. It’s been a second month after Trump joined the office and has been outraging people already with his vexing policies. Trump boasted in his previous speeches that he would be called a champion for LGBTQ rights but the preachings have seemed to be forgotten now.

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It is not clear what impending change the policy will have on students but the entire scene is depressing and has turned out into an emotional national debate. It was observed that about 200 people gathered in front of White house to an outcry against Trump’s disturbing actions, waving rainbow flags and shouting “No hate, no fear, trans students are welcome here”.

“Revoking the guidance shows that the president’s promise to protect LGBT rights was just empty rhetoric” said James Esseks, director of American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT project.

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“I’m angry; I’m outraged. This is about kids who just want to go to school who just want to be themselves and to hear the president a week or two ago talk about how supportive he is of LGBT people. It’s just outrageous that he goes after trans kids this way.” Said Mara Keisling, an executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

The protection for the Transgender community was activated under Barack Obama presidency. The conservative activist hailed the change by calling Obama directives as illegal and tarnishing fixed gender rights.

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Slowly and steadily people who voted Trump for notions like “Make America great again” seems regretful for their decision. It brings back the recall of ‘empty rhetoric’ as what trump used to call, which seems to backfire the president itself.

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-prepared by Naina Mishra of NewsGram. Twitter-@Nainamishr94

 

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US Immigrants’ ‘non-cooperation protest’ for a day against Donald Trump’s policies

Numerous restaurants which often heavily depend on the immigrant staff, closed for the day in Washington, New York, and other major cities.

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Immigrants protest against Trump's executive order. Image courtesy- VOA

New York, Feb 18, 2017: In order to register their protest and anger towards Trump’s recent policies against the immigrants, more than 100 restaurants and other businesses shut shop in cities around the United States to support a walkout called ‘A Day Without Immigrants’.

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Activists of the event called on immigrants and asked them to stay home from work, avoid shopping, eating out, and classes for a day, in an effort to highlight the vital role they play in the American society.Trump’s declaration to crack down illegal immigration, The Indian Express reported.

Trump’s declaration to crack down illegal immigration and his executive order to temporarily ban Muslims from seven Muslim preponderance countries to enter the United States propelled this agitation.

Immigrants’ right groups expressed disquietude after more than 680 immigrants were arrested in federal raids last week on grounds of living illegally in the country.

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The local news in the US cities like Minneapolis band Austin, Texas reported of dozens of businesses shut their shop for the whole day.

Approximately 700 people joined a rally held in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

Numerous restaurants which often heavily depend on the immigrant staff, closed for the day in Washington, New York, and other major cities.

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According to Reuters, the media site Uproxx kept a running tally of closed restaurants and reported their no. exceeded 135 just by midday.

-edited by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram, Twitter @PhulRetard