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Sikhs, Kashmiris mark India's Independence Day by observing 'Black Day' in London

Pakistan

Sun, Aug 16, 2020
Supporters of the Khalistan and free Kashmir movement gathered outside the High Commission to raise slogans against the illegal Indian occupation and to demand freedom for Khalistan and Kashmir. Photo: Reporter

LONDON: Huge swathes of Sikh and Kashmiri protesters gathered at the Indian High Commission in London raising their voice against the fascist Modi regime after the British government didn't act on the desperate pleas made by over 100 Indian organisations and over two dozen councilors seeking a ban on any gathering on August 15 at the venue.

As Indians across the world celebrated their Independence Day on August 15, minority groups in India and overseas took this moment to highlight the oppressive treatment meted out to them by the Hindutva government.

Supporters of the Khalistan and free Kashmir movement gathered outside the High Commission to raise slogans against the illegal Indian occupation and to demand freedom for Khalistan and Kashmir.

Previously, over 100 Indian organisations had requested the British government to restrict protests outside the Indian High Commission claiming that Pakistan had been supporting such groups who exhibited violent and aggressive behaviour. However, no proof for the absurd claims were provided and the protests went on with full force.

The Indian government, through community groups and councilors, had asked the British government to ban the protest but authorities didn’t take any action as the call by the Indian government was baseless and the British government's own intelligence established that the protesters have always demonstrated peacefully and allegations of violence were false.

Hundreds of protesters raised slogans against Modi's Hindutva regime which has made life extremely difficult for India's minorities.

Protesters held banners which said, "Kashmiris demand implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir", "Voting for Punjab's independence is a legal right", "Khalistan 2020", "Kashmiris demand justice", "Kashmir is bleeding" and "India stop blinding women and children in Kashmir".

The angry protesters also raised slogans of, "Modi fascist", "Stop killing in Kashmir" and "Khalistan Zindabad".

On August 5, 2019, India scrapped occupied Kashmir of its special status after revoking Article 370 of its constitution. The Muslim majority in the Indian occupied Kashmir believe that a systematic genocide is being committed in the region with the Indian prime minister's fascist policies aiming to change the demographics of Kashmir.

Internet and telephone services have also been restricted in Indian Occupied Kashmir with many British Kashmiris unable to connect with their families back home for months on end.

Speaking to The News, a Khalistani protestor said: "Today we're here to mark 15th August, Indian Independence Day as a black day for the Sikhs and Kashmiris. I'm here outside the Indian Embassy to protest against the atrocities committed by the Indian state against Muslims, Christians and Sikhs and other minorities.

"The only way forward is an independent Khalistan and an independent Kashmir."

Another protester mentioned that he was there to raise his voice against what India had done to Kashmiris, Punjabis and other minorities. He said: "We are protesting outside the Indian High Commission and we are doing it by legal means, ballot instead of bullet. We support freedom for Kashmir and Khalistan".

A heavy contingent of the police remained on the scene throughout the protest.