Kochi, December 27: Days after a German student, who participated in protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Chennai, was asked to leave India, a Norwegian tourist in Kochi has come under scanner of authorities over her participation in the CAA protest in the city. The Norwegian female, who was in Kochi on a tourist visa, had participated in an anti-CAA protest three days ago. Reports inform that the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO), under the Union Home Ministry, is investigating the matter.
The incident came to light after the woman posted pictures of the protest and confirmed her participation on December 23 in her Facebook post. According to reports, the Norwegian, identified as Janne Mette-Johannson had arrived in India in October this year. She was summoned to the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Kochi and was asked about her involvement in an anti-CAA protest march in the city. Anti-CAA Protests: Students Resorting to Violence Are Not Leaders, Says Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.
Johansson had reportedly said in a Facebook post that she had participated in the "Peoples Long March" against the CAA. Posting photographs from the protest, she wrote, "It started out from Gandhi Circle, Ernakulam and we marched with slogans and flags to Vasco Da Gama Square Cochin while the protesters were singing and chanting and with their fists up. The People's Long March was very well organized". “During these 12 kms there were two places we got water with salt and sugar,we also had orange juice.No riots,just people determined..lifting up their voices,saying what has to be said.The police helpful during this protest march”, the post read.
Here's her Facebook Post:
On Tuesday, a German student, who participated in protests against the CAA in Chennai, was asked to leave India by the Bureau of Immigration officials. According to a report in the Hindu, Jakob Lindenthal, a student from the Technical University of Dresden on an exchange programme at the IIT-Madras, was informed that he had been in violation of visa regulations. Reports inform that Lindenthal had been in India since July and his programme was to end by May 2020.
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