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Kamal Haasan reaches Taramani campus to express solidarity with Madras University students over Citizenship Act protest

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Extending support to the students of Madras University on Wednesday, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan visited the campus where students are presently staging protests for the last two days against the Citizenship Act. Kamal Hassan has termed the police actions as “a blow on the freedom of expression“. The leader also said that the protest on the issue is beyond any political boundary and it is a national issue.

Though the police personnel couldn’t let the Kamal Haasan enter the University, he still addressed the students from the gate itself. Earlier, his party ( Makkal Needhi Maiam ) has approached the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Act. The leader shared his concern for the 800 students who have been stranded behind the closed gates of the Taramani campus of the Madras University without food.

Madras University students have come out in support of the protest initiated by the students of Jamia Milia University. Students cited the exclusion of Muslims from the law as the reason for their opposition. Protestors also expressed their concern regarding the Tamil refugees who came from Sri Lanka.

While interacting with the reporters of NDTV, Kamal Hassan said, “There is nothing wrong with young people being politically aware and asking questions (but) when these questions (are) stifled, then democracy is in dangerous ICU.”

On the related note, expressing dissent over the Citizenship Act, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief MK Stalin said that his party will organize a rally against the Act on December 23 in Chennai.

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