LEFT PARTIES ANNOUNCE 7-DAY PROTEST FROM JAN 1 General strike on Jan 8 against CAA, NPR, NRC

The Left parties on Thursday announced a seven-day nationwide protest from January 1 to 7 and a general strike on January 8 against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the National Population Register and the National Register of Citizens.
In a joint statement, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, the All India Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party said the protest programme was announced in solidarity with the trade unions, which have also called a general strike on January 8.
“The Left parties extend support to all the kisan and agricultural workers’ organisations and civil society movement that have called for a ‘grameen bandh’ on January 8,” said the Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Revolutionary Socialist Party, and the All India Forward Bloc in a joint statement about the protest.
“The population register and the citizenship tests were an “assault on our Constitution”, they added. The protests will also be “against the mounting miseries on the people due to economic recession”, and “solidarity with the working class.”
The Census of India website has described the population register as “the first step towards the creation of a National Register of Citizens.” The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved funds of Rs 3900 Cr to update it.
“The Left parties strongly condemn atrocities unleashed by the police on peaceful protests by civilians in BJP-ruled states, particularly Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tripura and in Delhi where the police is directly under the Union Home Ministry,” the statement added. “The protests shall continue peacefully.”
The Citizenship Amendment Act has sparked nationwide protests since being passed in Parliament on December 11. The legislation provides citizenship to people from religious minority groups from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, provided they have lived in India for six years. The cut-off-date is December 31, 2014. The law has been criticised widely for excluding Muslims.