Thousands of people protested in front of Indian High Commission in London

Thousands of people protested in front of Indian High Commission in London

LONDON: Thousands of people including Kashmiris marched towards Indian High commission in London to show solidarity with the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir.

The #KashmirFreedomMarch rally, which started from London’s Parliament Square, proceeded to the Indian High Commission to express solidarity with oppressed folks in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region and demand India to lift curfew and end the human rights violations.

Chants of “We want freedom” and “Kashmiris need justice” rang out in the crowd, with protesters also calling out international organisations for not doing enough to free Kashmiris from India’s violence.

Participants of the #KashmirFreedomMarch assembled in Parliament Square, with hundreds of coaches coming from all over the United Kingdom.

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The march was organised by Kashmiri support and rights groups in the UK.

A day prior, the Indian High Commission in London was infuriated after the UK’s shadow culture secretary and the deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson, had highlighted a “humanitarian crisis” in the Indian occupied Kashmir and expressed solidarity with the Kashmiris.

Watson had used strong words to call out India over its aggression, violence, and human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir during the Kashmir Solidarity Day rally outside Birmingham City Council.

He had said: “I’ve never seen more worry on your faces than I’ve seen in the last 25 days. You’re worried about your loved ones that you can’t communicate with.”

The Labour Party leader noted that people in occupied Kashmir “do not get medical supplies” and how “there’s no food or water or basic provisions”, terming the blackout “a humanitarian crisis”.

“That is a responsibility for all of us in the international community,” he stressed.

Infuriated by Watson’s words, the Indian High Commission in London had responded by denying “facts on the ground” and saying: “Most of the phones working, no shortage of essential supplies and medicines, shops open, transport plying normally, most schools open, restrictions on movement substantially relaxed.

“Life is returning to normal,” it had said in a tweet.

The same day, the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) had demanded that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi immediately lift the New Delhi-sanctioned curfew in occupied Kashmir.

Expressing serious concern over the complete communication and media blackout in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region, the European Parliament had strongly criticised India and its members condemned the behaviour of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) administration.

Members of the European Parliament had further said the European Union (EU) and the European Parliament should issue a reactionary statement on the situation in occupied Kashmir as soon as possible.

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