NEW DELHI, India / ANKARA, Turkey

As protests against police crackdown in Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia — a central university — and new citizenship law, spread in other parts on Monday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the new law will not affect any religion or any citizen.

“Violent protests on the Citizenship Amendment Act are unfortunate and deeply distressing. Debate, discussion and dissent are essential parts of democracy but, never has damage to public property and disturbance of normal life been a part of our ethos,” Modi said in series of tweets.

Defending the new law, he said it was

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