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British MP, campaigners in London to protest against Indian Muslims, dissidents

New Delhi: Led by Indian diaspora groups, a British MP, activists and others staged a protest outside 10 Downing Street in London – the official residence of the British Prime Minister – followed by a march up- Indian police station in the city on Sunday July 3. , to condemn the attacks on minorities in India and the muzzling of dissenting voices by the Narendra Modi government.

To this effect, they said the UK must strengthen its position to prevent India from committing a “genocide” of Muslims. They also demanded the release of human rights activist Teesta Setalvad, journalist and fact checker Mohammed Zubair, and all political prisoners in India.

Addressing a massive gathering outside 10 Downing Street, Independent MP Claudia Webbe said: “Given Britain’s Imperial past of divide and rule and continued exploitation in India, the UK government has a responsibility historical and moral in what happens to religious minorities in India. India today. Britain’s trade deals must be denounced. They have no human rights provisions. We have a duty to oppose it. »

Protests against the Narendra Modi government in London on Sunday July 3. Photo: Facebook/Yasir Rizvi.

Sonali Bhattacharyya, national secretary of Momentum, a socialist group within the Labor Party, denounced the “warm relationship” of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is expected to resign soon, with Prime Minister Modi. She said they both shared “many political goals”.

“The deprivation of citizenship of peoples on the basis of their religious and ethnic origin being the most obvious,” she added.

Bhattacharyya criticized Johnson and Modi’s ‘shared interest’ in Gautam Adani’s conglomerate.

“Adani offered public support to Modi in 2003 in the face of the conviction he faced for his role in the Gujarat massacres. This bet has largely paid off for Adani. Modi’s government has relaxed competition rules around major infrastructure projects benefiting Adani and helping him become one of the richest men in India.

Adani is now looking to break into British aerospace and defence, courting Johnson’s government for contracts as the conglomerate expands its portfolio from agriculture and commodities to defence. To facilitate these new ventures, he is now scrambling for platforms to green his business,” she added.

A press statement issued by protesters said: “The ethnic cleansing of Indian Muslims through the enactment of laws comparable to the Nazi Nuremberg Laws such as the Exclusionary and Islamophobic Citizenship Act and the National Citizens Register which deprives undocumented Indian Muslims of their citizenship and incarcerates them in detention centers.

The protest was aimed at highlighting various issues in India, such as “state-sponsored attacks” on Muslims, “criminalization of human rights activists”, “persecution of Christians, Sikhs , Dalits and Adivasis”, the “militarization” of several laws such as the Law on Prevention of Unlawful Activities and Lynchings by Vigilante Groups.

The protest was jointly organized by more than 20 Indian diaspora groups including Strive UK, South Asia Solidarity Group, Scottish Indians for Justice, Indian Muslim Federation, International Council of Indian Muslims, International Solidarity for Academic Freedom (InSAF), SOAS India Society, East Midlands Malayali Muslim Association, Apna Haq, Women Against Caste, South Asian Alternative Forum, Oxford, The London Story, The Peace Institute, Million Women Rise, Oxford South Asian Society, IMWS Al-Hikmah Center and Freedom Without Fear Platform .