Protests before the Indian High Commission in London on the Republic of India Day

Protests before the Indian High Commission in London on the Republic of India Day

London: Hundreds of Kashmiris and Sikh protesters celebrated the Black Day on the eve of the Republic of India and gathered outside the Indian High Commission to protest.

Protesters arrived in London, along with buses and coaches from Birmingham and other cities, to Edwich, who had placed play cards and banners against the Modi government's atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

Protesters say the curfew and communications links in occupied Kashmir are underway, and it is hypocritical to celebrate the Indian Government's Republic Day.

Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK, Khalistan Khawat Movement UK and Global Pakistan and Kashmir Supreme Council jointly held outside the Indian High Commission.

Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK President Fahim Kayani said that "India does not have the moral justification to commemorate the Republic Day on January 26, while it has kept Jammu and Kashmir in jail and pressed the media from August 5, 2019, to report to the occupied valley."

He added that the protest against India's Day of Democracy will send a good message to those living in the siege that they are not alone in their struggle.

A week before the protest, Indian diplomats in the UK made several attempts to curb Sunday's protests and wrote letters to the city administration expressing the threat of violence.

Indian Ambassador to the UK Roche Gnashiyam told Indian media that he had "expressed concern" over the protest plan.

The Indian ambassador said: "It is true that we have expressed our concerns to the Home Secretary of the UK, we did so because we are concerned about the people and the High Commission of our country who On the main occasion, the flag will come to attend the flagging ceremony.

The Indian ambassador had approached London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Scotland Yard to stop the protests on the occasion of the Republic of India.

The Indian mission, however, suffered a backlash as the protestors promised to keep the protest peaceful and the British authorities decided not to ban the protests.

In this regard, Fahim Kayani said that the organizers had assured the London police that the people would use their democratic right by protesting and that the community would have peace.

"It is clear that India has tried to stop the protests on political grounds only, so we have asked all our participants to protest in accordance with the law and assist the police in performing their duties," he added. ۔

It should be remembered that Narendra Modi's government in India had abolished the special status of occupied Kashmir, imposed curfew in the valley and disconnected the communication links.

Additional troops were deployed in the valley on the occasion of the Republic of India, Indian newspaper The Hindu reported that police and paramilitary forces sealed the city roads and only special passenger vehicles were allowed to move freely. ۔

For this reason, a group boycotted the official Republic Day celebrations, accusing them of harassing in the name of security.

Farooq Abdullah, son of 3 former Kashmir Chief Ministers National Conference in Srinagar, his son Omar Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti are still in custody and the only Bharatiya Janata Party leader Rondra among prominent politicians in Kashmir attend the ceremony.

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