Students, youth wing of pro-ruling party outfit clash in India’s capital

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Demonstrators shout slogans outside the Delhi Police Headquarters to protest following alleged clashes between student groups at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi on January 5, 2020. (AFP)
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Activist Irom Chanu Sharmila (C), 47, known as the Iron Lady for her struggle against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Manipur, prepares to speak during a 'Burqa and Bindi' protest against India's new citizenship law in Bangalore on January 5, 2020. (AFP)
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A participant adjusts her veil as she takes part in a 'Burqa and Bindi' protest against India's new citizenship law in Bangalore on January 5, 2020. (AFP)
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Police in riot gear stand guard inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after clashes between students in New Delhi, India, January 5, 2020. (REUTERS)
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Updated 06 January 2020

Students, youth wing of pro-ruling party outfit clash in India’s capital

  • JNU student organizations dominated by leftists have since been holding protests demanding a rollback of the fee increase while facing accusations of obstructing administration officials

NEW DELHI: Clashes broke out late on Sunday between students of New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who were protesting against a fee hike, and youth wing members of a group closely tied to India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), injuring over a dozen people, witnesses and officials said.
Sahiba Mazid, who spoke by telephone from inside one of the university hostels, said many men wearing masks and carrying batons had entered the hostel.
JNU students on social media blamed members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the youth wing of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — the ideological parent of India’s ruling BJP. It denied they had instigated clashes and said they were first attacked by the left-leaning students.
The ABVP members contacted by Reuters at the site did not belong to JNU.
JNU, one of India’s most prestigious universities, has a history of left-wing activism. Many there have also in recent years protested against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, accusing them of curbing free speech.
“Horrifying images from JNU — the place I know & remember was one for fierce debates & opinions but never violence. I unequivocally condemn the events of today,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Twitter.
Protests against a fee hike began in November when hundreds of students marched from the campus seeking its cancelation, saying it would make education unaffordable.
“This is a desperate attempt by forces of anarchy ... to shore up their shrinking political footprint,” said the BJP in a tweet about Sunday’s violence.  


France’s foreign ministry spoke to Turkish envoy to refute “inaccurate, bias” claims

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France’s foreign ministry spoke to Turkish envoy to refute “inaccurate, bias” claims

  • Turkey accused France of favoring eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar

PARIS: France’s foreign ministry said on Thursday it had spoken to Turkey’s envoy to refute “inaccurate and bias” claims he made during a hearing with French senators on Wednesday.

In the hearing ambassador Ismail Hakki Musa accused France of favoring eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar and said French warships had been aggressive during an incident with Turkish warships on the Mediterranean last month.
“We wanted to make the necessary clarifications with him regarding the reality of the facts, omissions and inaccurate and biased information that he brought up during this hearing” Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement.
She added that the envoy had been reminded of “the unacceptable character of Turkish behavior.”