Mumbai, December 20: Mumbai witnessed a massive anti-Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) protest at the August Kranti Maidan at Grant Road in which over 25,000 Mumbaikars took part. The protest began with fear that what would cops do at the protest, ended with Mumbai Police receiving praise from maintaining law and order and letting the event progress peacefully without any incident, unlike in Bangalore and Delhi. Farhan Akhtar Takes Part in the CAA Protests in Mumbai's Kranti Maidan, Says ‘To Raise Your Voice against Something Is Democratic Right’.
People from social organisations, students, politicians, celebrities and people in their individual capacities supported the protest holding placards against the Citizenship law and in support of democracy and the Constitution of India. Thousands gathered at August Kranti Maidan and moved peacefully, with Mumbai police keeping a tight watch.
Praising cops for letting event progress harmoniously, comedian Vir Das said, "Thank you Mumbai Police, and the citizens they protect. Could not be more proud to live here."
Vir Das Tweet:
Maybe they haven't read the fine print.
Maybe they have all gathered together for a larger purpose. To send a larger message.
Uh....this tweet is about the U2 concert.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) December 19, 2019
Bollywood Actor Farhan Akhtar, who was also a part of anti-CAA protest, said, "Well done Mumbai on a peaceful protest today and a special shout out to the @MumbaiPolice for overseeing the safety and security of all gathered."
Farhan Akhtar Tweet:
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) December 19, 2019
Comedian Sahil Shah tweeted, “If you’re at the Mumbai protest I urge you to do one thing that I personally did. Please thank each and every Mumbai Police officer standing on duty. This day has been stressful for them as well. Nobody thanks them for a good job. Their smile when you say Thank You is genuine.”
Sahil Shah Tweet:
If you're at the Mumbai protest I urge you to do one thing that I personally did.
Pls thank each and every @MumbaiPolice officer standing on duty.
This day has been stressful for them as well. Nobody thanks them for a good job.
Their smile when you say Thank you is genuine.
— Sahil Shah (@SahilBulla) December 19, 2019
Others who praised police included Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar, television host Mini Mathur, Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi and Congress party leader Milind Deora.
Here are Some Twitter Reactions:
— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) December 19, 2019
— deepika gandhi (@dgandhi18) December 20, 2019
The protest yesterday in Mumbai was so peaceful, people were shouting slogans, carrying creative signs, and were united against fascism. The @MumbaiPolice were so helpful, the public was so helpful! THIS is the spirit of Mumbai. #MumbaikarsAgainstCAA #IndiaAgainstCAA pic.twitter.com/xvOnq8JQyF
— Virali Modi (@Virali01) December 20, 2019
— Krishna Prakash (@Krishnapips) December 20, 2019
Thank you, @MumbaiPolice for your service!
You stood with us to uphold democracy and our democratic values.
Thank you for giving us hope during these times of crisis. https://t.co/TTiiip1udE
— Trisha Shetty (@TrishaBShetty) December 19, 2019
In Delhi and Bengaluru, protests took an ugly turn and many people were detained including historian Ramchandra Guha and activist Yogendra Yadav. Mobile internet services have been shut in parts of violence-hit Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.