Updated: January 20, 2020 12:28:35 am
The Anti-CAA, NRC protest hit the Kolkata Derby on Sunday. This was after a section of East Bengal fans unfurled innovative tifos (a choreographed display to form a large image or sign) at the Salt Lake Stadium to voice their dissent against the Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
“Rakta diye kina mati, kagaz diye noy (a paper cannot replace a land acquired through blood),” read the innovative display read in Bengali as 63,756 football fans watched a pulsating encounter between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.
Anti-NRC protest @ kolkata derby tonight.
From East Bengal FC galary: “our nation is made with our blood, not with some papers”
From Mohanbagan FC galary: “when we were here, there were no papers”..#IndiaAgainstCAA_NRC_NPR pic.twitter.com/Gp3lqnRCCa
— Ananyo (@laiciteananyo) January 19, 2020
That was not all as another quirky banner portrayed a popular Bengali comic strip character- Batul the Great, created by Narayan Debnath, in protest against NRC and CAA. “Pala, pala, pala NRC asche” (go away the NRC is coming), shows the tifo to which the Bengali superhero comes to the rescue, showing his musclepower.
Another display read: “You Bangal, where are the NRC papers”, as Batul responds with “go away”.
In the derby match, it was Mohun Bagan who defeated East Bengal 2-1 in the much-anticipated derby, the penultimate clash between the two sides in the I-League era as the Mariners will be merged with Indian Super League franchise ATK from next season.
The next Kolkata derby of the I-League, the last one between the two sides, will played at the Yuba Bharati Stadium on March 15.
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