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Protest against Delhi violence in London

Protest against Delhi violence in London
Students, human rights activists and diaspora group protest against CAA and violence in Delhi, outside Indian High Commission in London, Saturday.
LONDON, MAR 1 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/1/2020 9:58:46 AM IST

Standing in solidarity with the victims of Delhi violence and against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), several UK diaspora groups called for the “UK government to immediately issue a strong condemnation of the Narendra Modi government for sponsoring the anti-Muslim riots in Delhi” on Saturday, reports India Today .

The protest was organised by - South Asia Solidarity Group, SOAS India Society, South Asian Students Against Fascism, Federation of Red bridge Muslim Organizations (FORMO), and Coordinating Committee of Malayali Muslims - outside the Indian High Commission in London.

The groups also called the protest for the following reasons:

Resignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, for his gross failure to maintain peace, immediate arrest of BJP leaders who instigated the riots - Kapil Mishra, Anurag Thakur, Parvesh Singh Varma and others and that all the perpetrators are brought to justice, that the injured are given appropriate medical care and the victim families are rehabilitated and compensated for the loss of lives and livelihood, that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP government play their constitutional role by taking effective measures to ensure peace and justice for the victims and survivors.

In a statement Nirmala Rajasingam, South Asia Solidarity Group, said, “As members of the Indian and South Asian diaspora in the UK, we stand with the survivors of the Delhi riots and the courageous anti-CAA movement.”

She added, “We condemn the close relationship between the Boris Johnson government and Narendra Modi’s genocidal BJP government. This alliance of far-right regimes has been deepened by the appointment of British-Indian Modi supporters including Priti Patel and Rishi Sunak to key cabinet positions. They do not speak for us!”

The London protest falls in line with similar such protests across 17 other cities across Europe such as Paris, Berlin, Geneva and Brussels. This is not the first time that the group has raised their voice against the CAA but this time with focus on the Delhi violence.

Anjum Mouj, London Black Women’s Project part of the protest, said, “We are shocked by the horrific anti-Muslim riots spearheaded by the Hindutva right this week. But we are truly inspired to see that the women of many areas of Delhi have returned to their sit-in protests. These women have been occupying these sites like Shaheen Bagh for the past two months in the bitter North Indian winter cold. We in the UK and across the world must learn from their strength and courage in these turbulent times of increasing fascism.”

The CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC) have been one of the most divisive policies of the Indian government that has not only divided communities in India but has also been at the centre of a number of protests and demonstrations in the UK and Europe.

 

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