London: January 26, the Republic Day of India observed as a ‘Black day’ here and held a protest outside the Indian High Commission.
The members of Sikh and Muslim communities plan the “black day” demonstration to coincide with India’s Republic Day. Protesters were calling for the independence of Kashmir and Khalistan.
During the protest on one hand, the struggling nations in India, Kashmiri and Sikh protest against the Indian State’s oppressive policies and other side, slogans of ” Bharat Mata Ki Jia” and “Vande Matram” raised in favor of Indian state by India supporters. So that clashes erupted outside the Indian High Commission Between protesters and pro-India protesters.
Police had to intervene after scuffles broke out between them and some pro-India counter-protestors, ANIreported.
Billboard vans with messages such as “India Leave Kashmir: Free Kashmir”, “Khalistan Zindabad” and “70 Years of Indian Brutality” were seen in London during the demonstrations, the Hindu Business Line reported.
“Not only us [residents of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir], but Khalistanis, and our brothers from Nagaland and Manipur, and minorities, who are oppressed in India, will also join us in the protest,” Ahmed, who organised the protest, had said on Thursday, reads quotes in the Scroll.
“It will be a peaceful demonstration by a small gathering because we cannot have very large numbers outside the High Commission,” he had said. Ahmed, one of the first British Muslim members of the House of Lords, was born in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
The “clash” has actually gone to virtual world after it happened. “Highlights from #BlackDay protest outside Indian High Commission- peaceful demonstration was attacked by RAW hired thugs,” Lord Nazir wrote on the micro-blogging social website Twitter. Pat came from Delhi when the Minister of State for Home Affairs Kran Rajiju wrote on the Twitter: “Salute to the Indian patriots in London. The minuscule fringe elements can’t dent the spirit of India. We are all one from Arunachal Pradesh to Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland to Rann of Kutch, Kanyakumari to Punjab.”Kutch, Kanyakumari to Punjab” , reads a report in Kashmir Life.