Amnesty International on Saturday warned that India was becoming a dangerous place for peaceful protesters, citing ruling party leaders’ remarks against demonstrators protesting a citizenship law passed last year.

In a statement, the rights group said that while protesters had largely ensured demonstrations across the country remained peaceful, political leaders resorted to making “hateful statements” about them.

“Authorities have failed to protect peaceful protesters from violence,” said Avinash Kumar, Executive Director of Amnesty International India, referred to in the statement.

India has been witnessing extensive protests against the law since it was cleared by the country’s parliament and

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