A 620 km long human chain was organised by the ruling CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front in Kerala on Republic Day, demanding withdrawal of the Citizenship Amendment Act.
The chain, which stretched from Kasaragod in north Kerala to Kaliyakkavilai in the southernmost part of the state, was formed at 4 PM, following which the preamble of the Constitution was read out.
Later, participants took an oath to protect the Constitution from the “attempts of the Central government” to destroy it.
The LDF claimed that around seven million people participated in the human chain.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and CPI leader Kanam Rajendran joined the protest in Thiruvananthapuram.
Kerala, in essence, is an argument for equality. The people of this land are unapologetically secular. The #KeralaHumanChain of today is yet another example for our unity. This battle, we will not rest and we shall overcome.#HumanChainpic.twitter.com/W3Hprr7E8t
— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) January 26, 2020
Kerala rewrites history. It was a 620 kilometre human wall in defence of the constitution from the marauding hindutva vandals. The expectations were that 3 million would participate but more than double number seems to have turned up . Kerala says NO to CAA. #AgainstCAA_NRC_NPR
— Thomas Isaac (@drthomasisaac) January 26, 2020
— aslamkhan (@Aslamkhanak) January 26, 2020
— Devika Karthika (@devika_karthika) January 26, 2020