In a major breakdown of law & order in London, UK, Bharatiya diaspora celebrating Independence Day outside Bharat’s High Commission were abused & attacked by an organized 1000-strong mob of violent protesters, comprising chiefly of Pakistanis and Khalistanis.
The hooligans hurled abuse at the Bharatiya diaspora, including women and children, and threw various projectiles – eggs, glass bottles, shoes, plastic bottles, lighters, bananas, batteries, potatoes, hot coffee, placards, apples – over the heads of the thin line of police who were desperately trying to hold them back. Many PIOs (People of Indian Origin) were hit and some injured.
Police was vastly numbered, as many violent Pakistani protesters had even been bussed from other cities like Birmingham and Nottingham at 12 PM.
As per this Times of India report, many wondered why police failed to deter the protesters and questioned the role of London mayor Sadiq Khan, a British Muslim of Pakistani descent (his grandparents had migrated from Lucknow, UP during partition) –
“The violent protesters on Aldwych were being held back by horses from entering India Place, where the Indian diaspora were celebrating. They had ignored barriers set up for them and taken over the road and, before long, had let off smoke bombs to upset and confuse the police horses.
Then, after a couple of hours, a group of protesters appeared from the other side of India Place which had not been closed off by police. The Indian families, many of whom had children, were then sandwiched in and trapped as obstacles were thrown at them from all sides.
Families with small children were trapped for hours between the violent protesters and the cultural programme was called off. Finally, at 3.30 pm, time hundreds of riot police were called, who, whilst battling items being thrown at them, pushed the protesters back. Hundreds of Indians then took refuge inside the high commission building until the police were able to clear a safe route.
The Metropolitan police said four people were arrested under Section 4 of the Public Order Act, for affray, obstruction of police and possession of an offensive weapon.
Chandrabali Nandy, from London, was trapped in India Place with her six-year-old and four-year-old sons who she had brought for the celebrations, for hours. “We want to leave and we can’t get out” she told TOI at 3pm. “It’s terrible. How can I explain to my kids what is happening? We had come here to peacefully celebrate Independence Day.”
Jay shah, a member of Friends of India Society International, said: “It is very sad that law and order has failed in London. When Trump said it was failing, he was right. I blame London mayor Sadiq Khan for this absolute failure. They knew how many protesters were coming. They should have banned some of them. We have seen nothing but violence, intimidation and abuse.”
A young PIO Kashmiri girl called Ash, 14, who lives in Leicester, said: “I came here to celebrate. I have been hit with eggs twice. They have been violent and we have been peaceful. The police have allowed them to get too close. I don’t feel safe at all.”
Parin Shah, 32, said: “Why were there not more police? There were a few hundred of us and thousands of them had come in coachloads. The police let them go across barriers and get far too close.”
Pravin Patel, 73, had his forehead cut when he was hit by a bottle of mineral water. “We have seen total inaction by the police,” Harish Patel said.”
A clip from a Sky News report shows the size of the large mob which was trying to storm inside the High Commission, and was just about held back by London police –
Predictably, anti-Hindu Western media outlets like Reuters completely played down the violent nature of the organized Pakistani protests.