Deep respect for CAA protesters: Jakob Lindenthal, German IIT Madras student

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New Delhi, Dec 26: Jakob Lindenthal, the German student who was studying in the Physics department at IIT-Madras landed in Amsterdam on Wednesday and said he has deep respect for all who carry the protests against CAA and NRC across India and across the world!

Lindenthal posted on his Facebook account “these events (referring to nationwide protests against the CAA and NRC) show that political freedom and rule of law need support of millions of open eyes and loud voices. My deep respect goes to all of you who carry the protests against CAA and NRC across India and across the world!”

“I also want to bow down in front of those who cannot show their concern about ongoing political developments openly because their existences would be threatened but who still find their ways to support those who are showing their faces,” Jakob Lindenthal added.

Jakob Lindenthal, the German student was sent back for participating in anti-citizenship law protests on December 16 at the Gajendra Circle inside the IIT campus and carried out a march to the Himalaya block. Their march was in solidarity with the students of Jamia Milia Islamia University and the Aligarh Muslim University. The IIT-M students were also demanding the Centre revoke the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

In IIT he held a placard staying, “1933-1945 — We have been there” and at the Chepauk protest on the evening of December 16, he held a placard stating, “Uniformed Criminals = Criminals”.

He also thanked his supporters and well-wishers for “all for the huge solidarity… legal advice and shelter” and said he would take some time to return home – to Germany – and spend time to “find out where the road leads”.

“This morning I landed in Amsterdam safely and will return to my family in Nuremberg soon. Thank you all for the huge solidarity that you showed! Thank you for your messages, the legal advice and the shelter I was given when my flight out of India was delayed by one day. I will take some days to arrive at home and find out where the road leads,” Mr Lindenthal’s post read.

A student Facebook page Chinta Bar has also come out in solidarity with Jakob thanking him for being part of the protests to protect the rights of people in this country and his concern for humanity”.

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