The crackdown by Indian authorities against those protesting the country\u0026#039;s new citizenship laws escalated Thursday as government security forces shut down internet across some cities, detained at least 1,200 people, killed at least three demonstrators, and pulled prominent intellectuals off the street.Common Dreams\u0026nbsp;reported on the growing protest movement Monday, which at that point was concentrated in universities across India. Thursday\u0026#039;s demonstrations were broader in scope and contended with security forces using\u0026nbsp;Section 144, a law from colonial British rule stating that more than four people meeting in one place constitutes an unlawful assembly, to shut down dissent after the protest movement exploded around the country.In the city of New Delhi,\u0026nbsp;according\u0026nbsp;to reports, 1,200 protesters were detained.\u0026nbsp;\u0022It\u0026#039;s a shameful thing,\u0022 Indian leftist author and activist Arundhati Roy said. \u0022This whole business of Section 144, suspending the internet, and arresting people.\u0022\u0022They are turning India into Kashmir,\u0022 Roy added, referring to the Indian government\u0026#039;s brutal repression of the semi-autnomous region to the north.Arundhati Roy joins protests against Modi’s anti-Muslim citizenship law in Delhi pic.twitter.com/HnjMND3Bo8— Haymarket Books (@haymarketbooks) December 19, 2019There have been three deaths due to security forces attacking protesters, according to the\u0026nbsp;BBC:Two people died in the city of Mangalore after officers opened fire on demonstrators allegedly trying to set fire to a police station. Commissioner Dr. PS Harsha told reporters that a curfew is in place in the city, and that he was waiting for a post mortem before announcing the cause of death for either man.Another man also died in the city of Lucknow, where violent clashes between demonstrators and police earlier in the day saw buses set alight.Video from around India showed demonstrators of all ages joining in the movement.\u0026nbsp;\u0022I think the government was completely unprepared for the anger that this particular passage of the law was going to present,\u0022 said\u0026nbsp;Al Jazeera\u0026nbsp;reporter Sohail Rahman.Tum police bula lo Aazadi...Hum leke rahenge Aazadi...Youngest protestors against CAA and NRC.#CAAProtest pic.twitter.com/vgQ3MNjLIe— Harsh (@_ambedkarite) December 19, 2019Kolkata today #CAAProtest pic.twitter.com/5BhEy0K7F2— Adil Hossain | আদিল হোসেন (@adilhossain) December 19, 2019Bombay is a sea of humanity right now. SO PROUD OF YOU pic.twitter.com/dL92Id13Kh— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) December 19, 2019Indian authorities shut down certain area\u0026#039;s internet access, continuing a pattern that\u0026nbsp;The New York Times noted\u0026nbsp;Thursday is unique to the south Asian country among democracies.\u0022India tops the world—by far—in the number of digital lockdowns\u0026nbsp;it has imposed, outpacing authoritarian governments such as Syria and Turkey,\u0022 the paper reported.Images and video on social media showed historian\u0026nbsp;Ramachandra Guha and University of Delhi English professor Ira Raja—prominent intellectuals in India—being detained by security forces.#CAAProtest\u0026nbsp;Mandi House\u0026nbsp;pic.twitter.com/s2ZpS9kiPr— Archis Mohan (@ArchisMohan)\u0026nbsp;December 19, 2019\u0022The police are working under directions from central government,\u0022 Guha\u0026nbsp;told reporters\u0026nbsp;in the seconds before he was dragged away by police in the southern city of Bengaluru. \u0022We are protesting non-violently against a discriminatory act, in a disciplined way.\u0022Watch: Historian Ramachandra Guha, mid-interview, detained by cops https://t.co/6T9DRfCEPW pic.twitter.com/KV3S8WeCic— NDTV Videos (@ndtvvideos) December 19, 2019India\u0026#039;s unrest is due to the government\u0026#039;s recently-passed Citizenship Amendment Bill, which effectively bars Muslims—but not other groups—from becoming naturalized through onerous requirements aimed at the religion. The country\u0026#039;s 200 million-strong Muslim minority fears that the bill is another part of an ongoing effort by Prime Minister Narendra Modi\u0026#039;s ruling\u0026nbsp;Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to marginalize their community.\u0026nbsp;As the\u0026nbsp;Times reported, the bill is likely only the beginning:Amit Shah, the home minister and Mr. Modi\u0026#039;s right-hand man, has vowed to expand a\u0026nbsp;contentious citizenship review process\u0026nbsp;that has already left nearly two million people, from one state in northeastern India, potentially without a country.Mr. Shah and other party officials have said the policy is not intended to discriminate against Indian Muslims. Rather, they say, it is needed to expel illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, India\u0026#039;s poorer, predominantly Muslim neighbor.\u0022This government wants to turn us into second-class citizens,\u0022 70-year-old protester\u0026nbsp;Fasiur Rehman\u0026nbsp;told\u0026nbsp;Al Jazeera.