Wankhede stadium allegedly bans 'black' as security measure, anti-CAA protestors find way around
According to one of the valid ticket holders of today's game, people were forced to remove "shirt, hoodies and jackets fearing protest" despite no prior notice from the stadium authorities.
As the Men in blue take on the Aussies in yellow at the Wankhede stadium for the first One Day International (ODI), a controversy has erupted on whether the Mumbai Cricket Association banned spectators from wearing black clothes to the game.
Ahead of the match, a group of supporters known as North Stand Gang put up a post on their Twitter page saying, "*IMPORTANT NOTICE* Those who are coming for #INDvAUS match, kindly don’t wear black colour tshirts. Entries are restricted for some security reasons for the same @BCCI @MumbaiCricAssoc"
But when Asiaville spoke the Abhishek from North Stand Gang, he said that "we are not sure now, but when we were entering, we did see few people facing issues. Then there we people who wore black, and still got in. So we tweeted as a precautionary measure."
Reputed film critic and cricket fan Rahul Desai too echoed NSG's earlier claim in a tweet, saying: "The colour Black is being banned (t-shirts, caps, anything) because it's a ‘symbol of protest’.”
I'm at the Wankhede stadium today. The colour Black is being banned (t-shirts, caps, anything) because it's a "symbol of protest".— Rahul Desai (@ReelReptile) January 14, 2020
Fuck you, MCA. Fuck you very much.
This comes amid nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which allegedly discriminates on religious lines. Mumbai especially has seen massive footfalls at anti-CAA rallies.
Though Mumbai Cricket Association hasn't made any official statement on this, but according to twitteratti, the “security measure” could be read as “ban dissent” against the act brought by the Narendra Modi government.
According to one of the valid ticket holders of today's game, people were forced to remove "shirt, hoodies, jackets and what not fearing protest" despite no prior notice from the stadium authorities.
Spectators had to remove black t-shirts/polos/jackets near the entry gates and change else no entry for them. We have all kept our clothes outside the entry gates with zero security. No cloak room or locker room also in the stadium.— Praful Sohal (@psohal) January 14, 2020
But some students did manage to get inside wearing t-shirts which read "no CAA, no NRC and no NPR".
We, the students of Mumbai are in Wankede stadium #INDvsAUS match for peacefully showing our msg depicting, “No NPR, NO NRC and NO CAA”.— Fahad Ahmad (@FahadTISS) January 14, 2020
We won’t do anything apart from silently showing our msg which are written on our t-shirts.#IndiaAgainstCAA_NRC_NPR@ReallySwara pic.twitter.com/mfOhierxOQ
Meanwhile, a right-wing publication called these claims "fake news", saying that a BCCI security official spoke to them and "categorically denied" banning the colour at the game.
Black has been a colour of choice for protesters and protests. The colour has been historically used as a symbol of resistance against Fascim, Capitalism and Racism across the world.
At the end of last year, the Chinese government too had banned the the import of black clothing during the Hong Kong protests to control the protesters who had chosen black as their colour of choice.