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A mob out for blood: India’s protests pit Hindus against Muslims

first_imgPersecuted religious minorities including from Hindu, Sikh, or Christian communities are eligible for citizenship, but those from Islam do not enjoy all the same advantages.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) says the new citizenship law is necessary to protect persecuted minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, and denies any bias against India’s Muslims.”They saw I was alone, they saw my cap, beard, shalwar kameez [clothes] and saw me as a Muslim,” Zubair told Reuters. “They just started attacking, shouting slogans. What kind of humanity is this?” A group of men chanting pro-Hindu slogans, beat Mohammad Zubair, 37, who is Muslim, during protests sparked by a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 24, 2020. (REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)”Everything will be fine”BJP spokesman Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga said his party did not support any kind of violence, including the attack on Zubair. He blamed rival parties for stoking the chaos during US President Donald Trump’s visit in order to damage India’s image.”This was 100 percent pre-planned,” he said of the violence, adding that his party or its policies had nothing to do with the chaos. Reuters has no independent evidence that the protests were planned in advance.Bagga said that the federal government, which controls Delhi police, moved to deploy paramilitary forces in order to bring the situation under control.”I believe within 24 hours everything will be fine,” he added.Delhi police were not immediately available for comment on the attack on Zubair.Since cruising back to power in May, Modi has pursued a Hindu-first agenda that has emboldened his followers and left India’s 180 million Muslims reeling. Hindus account for about 80 percent of the population.Now opponents and supporters of the law, largely divided between Muslims and Hindus, are facing off against each other. Some say the polarization evokes a dark chapter in India’s past.”The violence is now happening in tiny pockets of Delhi and reminds you of the beginning of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots,” said Yogendra Yadav, a political scientist who leads a small political party opposed to the BJP.He was referring to mob attacks on the Sikh minority after members of the community assassinated then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Thousands of Sikhs were killed in cities including Delhi in what Indian investigators said was organized violence.A slingshot and petrol bombs are pictured on the rooftop of a house in a riot affected area following clashes between people demonstrating for and against a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 27, 2020. (REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)Appeal for calm Modi appealed for calm on Wednesday after at least 24 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in some of the worst sectarian violence in New Delhi in decades.The citizenship law behind the unrest is one of several steps taken by Modi’s government since its re-election that have appealed to the Hindu majority.In August, it stripped Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, of its special status, a move which Modi defended as a way of integrating the region with the rest of the country.In November, the Supreme Court handed Hindu groups control of a contested site in the city of Ayodhya that paves the way for a temple to be built on a site where a mosque once stood. That was a central election promise made by the BJP.Modi’s position as chief minister of Gujarat state during some of the worst riots in India’s independent history that took place there in 2002 has long stoked mistrust among some Muslims.Up to 2,500 people, mostly Muslims, were killed during riots sparked after 59 Hindu pilgrims were burned to death when their train was set alight by suspected Muslims.In the subsequent investigation, Modi was absolved of wrongdoing, even as dozens of people on both sides of the riots were convicted.Security forces patrol in a riot affected area following clashes between people demonstrating for and against a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 27, 2020. (REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri)”Remembering my Allah”Before this week’s clashes in New Delhi, 25 people had been killed in running battles between protesters and police across the country.That number has now nearly doubled after two days of arson, lootings, beatings and shootings in parts of northeastern New Delhi that police forces have struggled to contain.Delhi police said in a statement late on Tuesday that they were making every effort to contain the clashes and urged people to maintain the peace.Witnesses said police and paramilitary forces were patrolling the streets in far greater numbers on Wednesday. Parts of the riot-hit areas were deserted.Several of those killed and injured had been shot, according to two medics at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, where many of the victims were taken. Reuters could not determine who had fired on them.Among them, Yatinder Vikal, a 33-year-old Hindu, was brought in with a gunshot wound to his right knee. His brother said Yatinder was driving a scooter when a bullet hit him.Reuters witnesses at a local hospital spoke to both Hindu and Muslim victims who were injured in the violence.An unconscious Zubair was eventually dragged to safety by fellow Muslims who came to his aid after throwing stones to disperse his attackers.The 37-year-old, who makes a living doing odd jobs, was rushed to hospital where he was treated for wounds to his head and released late on Monday. “I was thinking ‘I’m not going to survive this’,” he recalled. “I was remembering my Allah.” Mohammad Zubair was on his way home from a local mosque in northeast New Delhi when he came across a large crowd. He turned towards an underpass to avoid the commotion; it proved to be a mistake.Within seconds, he was cowering on the ground surrounded by more than a dozen young men, who began beating him with wooden sticks and metal rods. Blood flowed from his head, spattering his clothes. The blows intensified. He thought he would die.Zubair provided his version of events at a relative’s home in another part of the capital, his head wrapped in bandages. Topics :center_img The mid-afternoon attack on Monday, captured in a dramatic Reuters photograph, came against a backdrop of tension and violence.Near the area of the Indian capital where it occurred, Muslim and Hindu protesters had been fighting pitched battles for hours across a concrete and metal barrier that divided the main thoroughfare, throwing rocks and primitive petrol bombs.But the sight of a mob screaming pro-Hindu slogans suddenly turning on an unarmed individual, apparently because he was a Muslim, was a sign that growing tensions between members of India’s two dominant religions may be hard to contain.Unrest across India began in December with the passing of a law that makes non-Muslims from some neighboring nations eligible for fast-tracked citizenship – a move many Muslims say is discriminatory and marks a break from India’s secular traditions.last_img read more

ESM, J-D, CBA boys lacrosse earn sectional wins

first_imgWhile it was a busy Saturday afternoon for area high school boys lacrosse teams in the Section III Class C playoffs, it wasn’t a stressful one.East Syracuse Minoa, Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy each prevailed in their quarterfinal games, the Spartans’ victory a particularly satisfying one as it went to Watertown and took out the Cyclones 15-8.Three weeks earlier, on April 27, ESM had lost at Watertown 10-4, a particularly poor effort that the Spartans, once it saw it had the no. 5 seed in the sectional bracket and would meet the no. 4 seed Cyclones again, was eager to avenge. Tags: boys lacrosseCBAESMJ-D Before the first quarter was done, ESM already had more goals than in that first Watertown trip, gaining a 6-2 lead, and it nursed that margin the rest of the half.Up 8-3 at the break, the Spartans withstood a Watertown charge in the third quarter, producing enough to keep an 11-8 advantage, and its defense took over late, blanking the Cyclones in the final period as Logan Lemelbaum worked his total to 14 saves.Four different ESM players had three-goal hat tricks, with Luke Rosaschi earning five assists and Lance Madonna getting three assists as Jackson Palumb and Eric Callahan matched their output.center_img Matt Kenney had a goal and assist, while Tim Crouse and Nolan Palmer also found the net. Ryder Simser led Watertown with five goals, but that was more than half his team’s output.And now ESM will try to upend Jamesville-DeWitt in Tuesday’s sectional semifinal at Central Square, something it couldn’t do twice during the regular season, though one of them was an 11-10 decision on April 25.J-D, the top seed in Class C, had no trouble with its sectional quarterfinal against no. 8 seed New Hartford, stomping those other Spartans 20-3 as it settled matters in a first-half blitz that produced a 15-1 margin.The state no. 3-ranked Red Rams saw Matt Kemmis produce six goals, twice the opponent’s entire total, while Johnny Keib and Tanner Burns each got three goals and one assist.Tom Sabatino scored twice, adding an assist. Will Davis had a goal and three assists, with Connor Durkin getting two assists as Brendan Coyle, Alex Sanville, Ethan Kesselring and Lucas Bort also found the net.Meanwhile, at Alibrandi Stadium, CBA, the no. 2 seed, took out no. 7 seed Carthage 17-3, with the state no. 2-ranked Brothers steadily moving in front during the first half and then shutting down the Comets in the last two periods.Wyatt Auyer’s six goals led the way as Colin Kelly scored four times. Ryan Mackenzie amassed five assists, with Preston Taylor getting two goals and one assist. Mackenzie, Sam Bonacci, Joey Matheson, Josh Hulslander and Tommie Caputo got one goal apiece.In that sectional Class C semifinal twin bill at Central Square, CBA faces no. 3 seed Westhill, a team it beat earlier this month, with the winner getting J-D or ESM in Friday’s title game at Liverpool High School Stadium.Earlier in the week at Liverpool, Fayetteville-Manlius, the top seed in Class B, meets no. 4 seed Fulton in its sectional semifinal, looking to advance to the Friday title game at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium against Auburn or Oswego.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

What channel is Oklahoma vs. Baylor on today? Time, schedule for Big 12 championship game 2019

first_imgThe 18th championship game in conference history pits a longtime Big 12 contender against an upstart squad looking to make a statement. The Sooners have captured seven of the last nine Big 12 championships while Baylor is making its first appearance in the event.Plenty of points are expected in Saturday’s contest. Oklahoma (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) and Baylor (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) have combined to average 80.5 points of offense per game this season behind their offensive attacks that rank fifth and 15th, respectively, in the nation. If the Big 12 championship game is anything like the thriller between these two teams last month, viewers will be in for a treat. On Nov. 16, then-undefeated Baylor ran out to a 31-10 halftime lead over Oklahoma. Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts mounted a massive comeback, though, tossing three second-half touchdowns and helping manufacture a late scoring drive which resulted in the eventual game-winning field goal with 1:45 remaining.Below is all the info you need to watch Oklahoma vs. Baylor on Saturday, including kickoff time, TV channel and a full championship week college football schedule.MORE: Six scenarios for final College Football Playoff rankingsWhat channel is Oklahoma vs. Baylor on today?TV channel (national): ABCLive stream: WatchESPNThe Big 12 championship game between Oklahoma and Baylor will be broadcast nationally on ABC. No. 6 Oklahoma takes on No. 8 Baylor in the Big 12 championship game at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. LIVE: Follow Oklahoma vs. Baylor updates from Big 12 championship Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge will handle the announcing duties. MORE: Full betting preview for Big 12 championship gameOklahoma vs. Baylor: What time is kickoff?Date: Saturday, Dec. 7Start time: Noon ETOklahoma vs. Baylor is one of nine championship games that will be decided on Saturday. The Big 12 championship game will share the noon window with the Sun Belt championship game between Louisiana vs. No. 20 Appalachian State and the MAC championship game between Miami (Ohio) and Central Michigan.College football scores, conference championship gamesPac-12: No. 13 Oregon 37, No. 5 Utah 15Big 12: No. 8 Baylor vs. No. 6 OklahomaSun Belt: Louisiana at No. 20 Appalachian StateMAC: Miami (Ohio) vs. Central MichiganCUSA: UAB at Florida AtlanticAAC: No. 19 Cincinnati at No. 16 MemphisSEC: No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 GeorgiaMWC: Hawaii at No. 19 Boise StateACC: No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 22 VirginiaBig Ten: No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Wisconsinlast_img read more