Thousands Protest Outside Venue Of Indian Gathering To Welcome Modi In Houston
Thousands of Pakistanis, Sikhs and members of human rights organisations on Sunday took to the streets in Houston to protest the Indian government’s brutalities in Kashmir.
The protests took place outside the venue where the Indian diaspora had organised a gathering called ‘Howdy, Modi’ to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The event was to take place at a football stadium while US President Donald Trump was also invited to share the stage with Modi.
According to foreign news outlet ABC News, an interfaith human rights group called Justice For All and its allies organised a massive protest demonstration outside the venue with protesters raising slogans against Modi.
Muslims and Sikhs from different cities of Texas joined the protests. The protesters shouted ‘Go back Modi’ and ‘Modi is a terrorist’.
The government of Pakistan, through its Twitter handle, shared pictures of the members of Muslim and Sikh communities who partook in the protests.
Thousands of Muslims & Sikh Community members have gathered today in Houston, Texas, to protest against the Indian brutalities in Indian Occupied J&K. #Kashmir #StandWithKashmir #UNGA74 pic.twitter.com/iY0UD8DdaJ
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) September 22, 2019
According to a report in Express Tribune, president of the Houston-Karachi Sister City Association, Saeed Sheikh, said that the International Humanitarian Foundation had also responded to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call to gather in the city.
Reportedly, 40,000 people were transported to the protest site on 50 buses. The expenses of the protests were borne by Pakistani diaspora members.
The venue was full of anti-Modi and anti-India banners, and strict security measures had been taken to ensure the participants’ safety.