LONDON: A group of Khalistan supporters replaced the Indian flag with the Khalistan flag at the building of Indian High Commission in London on Sunday.
The demonstrators gathered in a show of support for more than 11,000 Sikhs taking part in the second phase of Khalistan Referendum voting in Brisbane, Australia.
According to the videos on the social media, a man can be seen scaling the walls of the Indian High Commission in London to bring down the flag. He can also be heard chanting ‘Khalistan Zindabad’.
The Sikhs are protesting against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s crackdown on pro-Khalistan Sikh activists in Punjab. Khalistan Movement leader Amrit Paul Singh was arrested by the Indian government last week.
The Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) General Counsel Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said that the Indian flag had been replaced with the Khalistan flag at London High Commission to highlight the continuous occupation of Punjab by India.
In a statement issued here, he said, “Narendra Modi government’s crackdown on pro-Khalistan Sikh activists continues in Punjab. In the last few days, hundreds of supporters of Khalistan Referendum along with their family members have been illegally detained and tortured in Punjab. Currently, there is a massive security crackdown going on in Punjab. There is a complete shutdown of the internet in Punjab and the government is involved in picking up those who are involved in the teachings of Sikhism.”
On March 15, the Consulate of India located on Swann Road in Brisbane was forced to close down after pro-Khalistan supporters blockaded the entry, raising slogans for justice.
Queensland Police had said the pro Khalistan and Anti-India protest was lawful and peaceful.