Clashes erupted outside the Indian High Commission in London on Friday evening as Lord Nazir Ahmed, a Pakistan-administered Kashmir peer in the House of Lords, organised a “black day” protest demanding the freedom of Kashmir and Khalistan, reported Times of India.
The protest, which coincided with India’s Republic Day, was aimed at highlighting the “oppression of India”, reported ANI.
The protest, which was held outside the Indian High Commission in Central London , turned violent after Ahmed’s supporters were countered by many Indian and British groups.
Minister of State for Home Kiran Rijiju on Saturday praising the Indian diaspora for countering the British Lord’s agenda tweeted, “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.”
The Indian High Commission in London branded the protest as a “desperate attempt by a disgraced politician” who had been suspended from the Labour party in 2013 following an anti-semitism row.
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed satisfaction over the campaign “launched by the Kashmiri diaspora to highlight Kashmir issue.”
“Good to see that our Diaspora in UK has launched KASHMIR CAMPAIGN GLOBAL a digital awareness campaign to highlight #Kashmir issue.The campaign #BleedingParadise #LetKashmirChoose will initially run for 2 weeks in London across at 13 venues and through moving 4x20sqmeter digital,” he tweeted.