Two persons were arrested on Wednesday after UK based Pakistani residents and Khalistani elements staged a large-scale protest outside the Indian High Commission in London, which went violent. The UK Metropolitan Police confirmed the details. New Delhi is expected to raise the issue of Tuesday’s protests with London. The Indian High Commission in London was vandalized after a protest over the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir turned violent. The protesters smashed windows and threw eggs at the building and raised slogans demanding separation of Kashmir from India.
United Kingdom: Two people have been arrested by police in connection with the violent protest outside Indian High Commissioner in London yesterday.
— ANI (@ANI) September 4, 2019
The Indian High Commission tweeted, “Another violent protest outside the Indian High Commission in London today, 3 September 2019. Damage caused to the premises” and shared a photo of the damaged window pane. London mayor Sadiq Khan described the protest as “unacceptable.” He also said he has raised the issue with the police. This is the second instance of violent protest outside the Indian High Commission. On August 15, pro-Pakistan and Khalistani separatist elements attacked the Indian diaspora celebrating Independence Day.
On September 3, protesters, mostly comprising a large number of UK-based Pakistanis took out a march from Parliament Square to the High Commission’s building with the flag of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and placards with anti-India slogans. They called for the separation of Kashmir from India and the immediate removal of curfew in the region.
The protests erupted after the revocation of Article 370 and special status to Jammu and Kashmir.