Death Toll Increases Amid Indian Citizenship Law Protest

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Six more protesters were confirmed dead in India Friday amid clashes between police and demonstrators, taking the death toll to 15 in more than a week of unrest triggered by a citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim.

The law  which makes it easier for persecuted minorities from three neighbouring countries to gain citizenship, but not if they are Muslim has stoked fears Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to remould the world’s biggest democracy India as a Hindu nation, which he denies.

The latest deaths, in northern Uttar Pradesh where almost 20 percent of the state’s 200-million population are Muslim, followed the loss of three lives on Thursday when police opened fire on protesters in the northern city of Lucknow and the southern city of Mangalore.

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