India faces an embarassing blow from the British government over Republic Day protest in London
LONDON: India faces an embarassing blow from the British government over Republic Day protest in London.
The protest on Sunday is being orgaised by Tehreek-e -Kashmir UK and World Sikh Parliament outside Indian High Commission at noon.
After the protest was announced, the Indian High Commission requested the British government to ban the protest alleging that protestors will attack the high commission, will burn Indian constitution and that Muslim and Sikh “extremists” will be attending the protest.
The 'Times of India' newspaper ran incendiary, Islamophobic coverage of the upcoming protest by linking it with “extremism”, “Islamists” and hyping up the number of potential protestors to cause panic.
The coverage was followed by Indian government representative writing to the Home Secretary Priti Patel, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Scotland Yard chief to ban the protest citing security fears and potential of violence.