In a big embarassment, Indian Republic Day celebrations marred

In a big embarassment, Indian Republic Day celebrations marred

LONDON: In a big embarassment, Indian Republic Day celebrations marred with countrywide protests and Atleast 4 blasts in Assam.

Meanwhile, Thousands of Sikhs and Kashmiris gathered outside India High Commission here in central London for a protest to observe India’s Republic Day as “Black Day”.

The Rise for Kashmir protest call was given by Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK, World Sikh Parliament. Members of various Kashmiri and Sikh organisations including Sikh Federation UK also attended the protest to condemn Indian constitution as a racist and discriminatory piece of work which disfranchises Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and others.

The protest was held to coincide with Republic Day - an Indian public holiday which honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on January 26 1950.

The protestors were carrying banners which read: State terrorism must be stopped in Kashmir; Modi is a killer and murderer; Kashmir is UN’s unfinished agenda; Modi is a terrorist; We want Khalistan; Stop killing in Kashmir; India butcher army leave Kashmir; Restore communication in Kashmir; India stop genocide in Kashmir;

We will establish Khalistan; Voting for Punjab independence is our legal right; End Indian occupation; We say no to Indian brutality in Kashmir; and Kashmiris are human without human rights.

Some participants wearing t-shirts reading: I am Kashmir, I want freedom; Khalistan; Khalistan Referendum 2020; Justice for Sikhs.

The protestors had come from various cities of the UK on coaches and cars to show support for the besieged people of Kashmir on a cold and rainy day. The turnout at the protest was quite impressive in comparison to usual such protests.