Hundreds, including film and cultural personalities, take out protest march in Kochi

Hundreds, including film and cultural personalities, take out protest march in Kochi

Kochi: Streets of the port city on Monday witnessed massive marches by separate groups including a collective of film and cultural personalities in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Shouting "Azadi" slogans, director and chairman of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy Kamal, award winning actress Nimisha Sajayan, directors Rajiv Ravi and Ashiq Abu and actress Reema Kallingal joined the long march of the film and cultural personalities.

Anti-CAA protest in Kochi. Photo: Sreekumar E V

Hundreds of people from various walks of life also took part, as the protesters marched from Rajendra Maidan here to Vasco Square in Fort Kochi, a distance of over 10 km, urging the BJP-led government at the Centre to scrap the CAA.

Another group, which assembled under a social media platform, held a separate march. Some 500 people participated, organisers claimed.

CPI's Ernakulam district council also organised a "Save Constitution" march at Kalamassery near here in protest against the amended law.

Anti-CAA protest
Actress Ranjini Haridas and actor-turned-director Geethu Mohandas participates in an anti-CAA protest in Kochi. Photo: Sreekumar E V

Cardinal George Alencherry seeks CAA revision

Meanwhile, head of Syro-Malabar Church, Cardinal George Alencherry, on Monday urged the Centre to "carry out necessary revision" of the Citizenship Amendment Act before implementing it.

He said issues related to the Act should not be allowed to cause communal divide in society and differences between religions.

Necessary deliberations are also required to solve the confusion about the manner in which the Act is going to be implemented, Alencherry, who is the new head of the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council, told reporters here.

"The Church always wishes to opt for the reconciliation path," he added.

(With inputs from PTI)