“Rioters roamed the streets with iron rods and wooden sticks, demanding to know whether people were Hindus or Muslims. Mosques were damaged and shops were set ablaze”
Mass Hindu-Muslim violence engulfs Delhi today during Trump and Melania's suck-up session with Modi.
From the Washington Post:
“Rioters roamed the streets with iron rods and wooden sticks, demanding to know whether people were Hindus or Muslims. Mosques were damaged and shops were set ablaze, sending smoke billowing high into the air. People with gunshot wounds and blunt trauma from hurled stones rushed into a nearby hospital.”
The video and photos of the bloody violence are horrifying. None are published by us in this blog post, but some are shown in the embedded tweets that follow.
The riots represent a serious escalation of tensions after months of protests in response to a controversial citizenship law and growing frictions between supporters and opponents of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (...)
This week’s violence in northeastern Delhi is the worst in the capital since at least 1992, when there were nationwide riots, and possibly since the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.
The trigger for the clashes came when Kapil Mishra, a local leader of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, on Sunday threatened to clear a sit-in mounted by protesters, nearly all Muslim women, against the citizenship law. He said he would take no action while Trump was visiting, but that if police did not move the protesters soon, he would take matters into his own hands.
Worst communal violence in Delhi in decades leaves 13 dead as Trump visits India
[Joanna Slater, Niha Masih, and Tania Dutta, Feb. 25, 2020]
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are presented with a gift by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a tour of the home of Mahatma Gandhi Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India.
— Saba Gul (@sabagl) February 25, 2020
— Kaamil Ahmed (@KaamilAhmed) February 25, 2020
Many victims felled by bullets in Delhi clashes https://t.co/SBGRAsTlVg
— The Hindu (@the_hindu) February 25, 2020
Mr Modi, Mr Shah, you and your people and your values have turned Delhi into Gujarat. A place of hate, violence, impunity, and bigotry.
— Tunku Varadarajan (@tunkuv) February 25, 2020
Trump’s witnessing first hand the poor air quality in India — very thick smog in Delhi today.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 25, 2020
The scariest part of what’s happening in Delhi is the total radicalisation and dehumanisation of Delhi Police.
— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) February 25, 2020
#DelhiViolence | A man with a gun, seen around around 3.30 pm on 24 February, in Yamuna Vihar, across the road from Chand Bagh, in northeast Delhi.
Photograph by Shivam Khanna. pic.twitter.com/L8JgtbzWOy
— The Caravan (@thecaravanindia) February 25, 2020
At least 13 people are dead and hundreds injured after days of violent protests in New Delhi.
Protesters and supporters of India's new citizenship law clashed in the most deadly confrontation since the law was passed. #DelhiRiots2020
Warning: Graphic images. pic.twitter.com/Hx6oZFYjJ7
— AJ+ (@ajplus) February 25, 2020