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In pictures: India protests against a new religion-based citizenship law

At least 15 people have been killed over the last week as police cracked down on demonstrators and more than 1,200 -- including political leaders, have been detained -- after authorities tried to quash the protests that have spread to almost all major Indian cities.

In pictures: India protests against a new religion-based citizenship law

Security personnel detain a protester during demonstrations against India's new citizenship law in Meerut on December 20, 2019. Five more protesters died in fresh clashes on December 20 between Indian police and demonstrators, taking the death toll to 14 from more than a week of unrest triggered by a citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim, as thousands rallied at the nation's biggest mosque. STR/AFP/Getty Images

In pictures: India protests against a new religion-based citizenship law

A fire burns as protesters take part in a rally against India's new citizenship Law in Jabalpur. An eight-year-old boy and four protesters were killed in India on Friday in clashes between police and demonstrators, officials said on December 21, as unrest over a controversial citizenship law rages into a second week. STR/AFP/Getty Images

In pictures: India protests against a new religion-based citizenship law

Protesters gather outside the Jama Masjid mosque during demonstrations against India's new citizenship law in Allahabad on December 20, 2019. Fresh clashes between Indian police and demonstrators erupted on December 20 after more than a week of deadly unrest triggered by a citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim. SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images

In pictures: India protests against a new religion-based citizenship law

A police personnel aims his gun towards protesters during demonstrations against India's new citizenship law in Kanpur on December 21, 2019. Thousands of people joined fresh rallies against a contentious citizenship law in India on December 21, with 20 killed so far in the unrest. STR/AFP/Getty Images

In pictures: India protests against a new religion-based citizenship law

People argue with the police as they take part in a protest against India's new citizenship law in Chennai on December 21, 2019. An eight-year-old boy and four protesters were killed in India on Friday in clashes between police and demonstrators, officials said on December 21, as unrest over a controversial citizenship law rages into a second week. ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images