On Saturday throughout a rally to precise solidarity with farmers who’re agitating towards the not too long ago enacted agricultural legal guidelines in India, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in entrance of the Indian Embassy was defaced and vandalised by sure “Khalistani elements”.
Posters and banners had been seen pasted or propped up towards the statue and a yellow flag was sighted draped over it. Some individuals had been additionally seen waving “Khalistani” flags and elevating pro-Khalistan slogans.
The Indian Embassy condemned the “mischievous act” by hooligans which it stated “masqueraded as protesters.”
“The statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza in front of the Embassy was defaced by Khalistani elements on 12 December 2020. The Embassy strongly condemns this mischievous act by hooligans masquerading as protesters against the universally respected icon of peace and justice.”
“The Embassy has lodged a strong protest with US law enforcement agencies and has also taken up the matter with the US Department of State for an early investigation and action against the culprits under the applicable law,” it added. Those who had been a part of the protest described it as “peaceful and non-violent”.
“This protest is not particularly against the government but in support of the farmers. It is against the current administration there. We see this bill as eradication of our culture,” Mansimran Singh, one of many organisers of the protest, instructed ANI.
“For me, we are just another group that supports the farmers. Where does Khalistan come from? In the last 35 years, you have seen this activism grow. Why doesn’t India ask that question to its own people or its own government as to why we have this. In America, when someone talks about secession we ask them why,” he stated.
Speaking on the defacing of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, he stated, “In America, all confederate statues were vandalised and now they have been taken down. So why not him?”
Echoing related opinions, Manmeet Singh, an activist, stated that the protest held in entrance of the Embassy was “peaceful and non-violent”.
“We have been working on this issue for 14 years. I have personally witnessed the agrarian crisis like in Punjab and Maharashtra. Our protest was definitely a peaceful, non-violent protest,” he stated.
On the Khalistan flags being noticed through the protest, he stated, “The organisers will raise the Khalistan issue on another platform on another day. We want the media to concern on the farmers’ issue. This is not a regional issue.”
This is the second time this yr that the Mahatma’s statue was defaced. On June three through the George Floyd protests, the statue was vandalised by unknown individuals. Post the desecration, an knowledgeable was known as in to refurbish the statue.
The statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled by then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on September 16, 2000, within the presence of then US president Bill Clinton.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and a number of other different states have been protesting for the final 17 days on the borders of Delhi towards the three newly enacted farm legal guidelines.
(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.)