Indian authorities rattled by Kashmiri and Sikh protest in London

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Indian authorities rattled by Kashmiri and Sikh protest in London

By Jagjeet Kaur

January 28, 2018

London Kashmiri Sikh protest: Two groups of protestors clashed outside the Indian High Commission as Kashmiris and Sikhs jointly protested against the actions of the Indian government.Sikhs and Kashmiris who traditionally demonstrate on India’s Republic Day outside the Indian High Commission in London to declare their desire for freedom from Indian occupation but for the first time Indian officials organised counter protest which turned into violence as pro-Indian protesters attacked Sikhs and Kashmiris.Officers of the Indian High Commission in London were also visibly stung seeing vans parked outside their office proclaiming “Khalistan Zindabad”, “Free Kashmir” and calling for freedom in Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur.Scotland Yard officials tried to separate the protesters and then called more force to take away pro-India protestors who were issuing threats and threw a few water bottles at the protesters. India has been incensed at its diplomats being recently banned from speaking at many Sikh Gurdwaras in the UK, Canada, and the USA.Lord Qurban Hussain, also participating in the protest, spoke of the need for the UN to intervene and bring peace to what is perhaps the most dangerous conflict zone in the world today.The Indian protestors were carrying placards accusing the Sikhs and Kashmiris of being terrorists, shouting “Modi, Modi,” and howling abuse at their opponents. But they had to eventually retreat once it was clear that they were getting a more than robust response from a spirited gathering of Sikh and Kashmiri self-determination supporters.