A small group of Sikh separatists held a protest in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington during which they tried to burn the tricolor on the Republic Day, a move slammed by the local Sikh community and termed as a “flop show” by Indian government sources. The demonstration by Sikh For Justice (SFJ) outside the Indian Embassy in Washington was a flop show attended by around 15-20 people. They were completely outnumbered by flag waving, enthusiastic and patriotic Indians, official sources said in New Delhi. I t demonstrated the hollow claim of the SFJ that they enjoy wide support. They are a fringe group backed by Pakistan clearly bringing out the nefarious design of Islamabad to stir up trouble. In fact, most of the demonstrators were Pakistanis, they said.
The protesters raised “Khalistan Zindabaad” slogans and tried to burn the Indian flag in the presence of a battery of reporters from the local Pakistani media. The Indian government sources said SFJ’s claim on their website that they burnt an Indian flag outside the Embassy is “completely false” as the photos/videos show, no such thing took place. They claim is intended to cover up for their flop show, they said. The SFJ supporters were outnumbered by Indian Americans raising ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogans with Indian flags flying high in their hand. Around 2.30 pm on Saturday, the members of the SFJ – in front of a group of Pakistani reporters and cameramen – tried to burn the Indian flag. They ended up burning a green flag that had ‘S’ written on it.
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Washington
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