Hyderabad: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) workers were out in full force in the Old City, campaigning for Friday’s Tiranga rally, to ensure that a large number of people turned up.
They were told to pass on the message to extended family members too and bring all to the rally.
There were meetings and messages on social media in various groups which did the rounds to ensure that the participation was complete.
The success of the ‘million march’ on January 4 had built pressure on the MIM for a big crowd which would showcase its strength.
Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act continue on a daily basis in various parts of the city. Youngsters carrying placards critical of the legislation stand near flyovers, bakeries and stores to attract people’s attention and demonstrate to the government that they are serious in their opposition. These pictures are then flashed on social media. There are also protests on Fridays outside all masjids in the twin cities. A chance to participate in a rally was welcomed to show their collective strength.
Ahmed Bin Abri, a businessman, said, “We want to protest against the CAA and wherever we get an opportunity to stand with a placard and tell the government that we do not approve of the Act we will do it.”
Police permission for the rally was of course denied, but a lot of youngsters joined the rally carrying flags. They also formed a human chain around senior citizens and Islamic scholars so that they had space to walk.
Muneeba Iffat, an IT employee who participated in the rally said, “We are coming out to prove that we will not accept this draconian Act. We are united in our fight against CAA and whoever calls for a rally we will go. People are trying to divide us but we are not going to fall for any of this.”
The spirit of the rally showed that the participation was whole-hearted and people would put their differences aside to fight against the anti-constitutional Act....