India expels a Norwegian tourist for participating in protests



The Indian authorities expelled this Friday from the country a Norwegian tourist who participated in the protests that have been reproducing in recent weeks against a legal amendment considered anti-Muslim, and that have left at least twenty dead.

"A couple of hours ago the Immigration Office appeared again in my hotel. They told me to leave the country at once or they would take legal action," Norwegian tourist Janne-Mette Johansson wrote this morning on her Facebook account, who added He already has a plane ticket to leave the country this Friday.

"The official of the Office (of immigration) did not leave me until he saw that I had my plane ticket," he said and explained that he asked for an explanation "in writing", to which the official replied that "he would have nothing written".

From the Regional Office of Foreigners Registration (FRRO) of Kochi, under the Ministry of Interior, an official assured the PTI agency that his department is "investigating" a European tourist for "breaking the rules of his visa", but not confirmed the actions taken against her or that she had been expelled.

The woman, who was doing tourism in the city of Kochi, in the southern state of Kerala, published on the same social network last December 23 several photographs of the protests in that town and in one of them she appears carrying a banner , next to a text supporting the marches.

The protests arose two weeks ago after both houses of the Indian Parliament passed an amendment to the Citizenship Law, which grants citizenship to illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, based on their religion and excluding Muslims.

The norm was promoted by the Government of the Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata (BJP), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The expulsion of Johansson occurs days after that of Jakob Lindenthal, a German student who was pursuing a postgraduate exchange at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chennai, capital of the state of Tamil Nadu (south), who also participated in protests against citizenship law.

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