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UK based Kashmiri organization to launch digital campaign in London

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London: UK-based Tehreek-e-Kashmir, an organization founded in 1985, is planning to launch a Kashmir digital campaign in London,’ media reports revealed on Saturday.
The body according to media reports is also planning to protest and join the march for Kashmir on October 27 in London, expecting to bring close to 25,000 people.
If protest is not allowed outside the Indian High Commission in London, protestors will use a bus to launch their Kashmir Digital Campaign.
Metropolitan Police under Section 12 Public Order Act 1986 imposed restrictions on the protest “in order to prevent serious disruption to the community”.
attending the demonstrations can expect to see a significant police presence. Taking into account the anticipated number of protesters, and in order to prevent serious disruption, we have imposed
pre-event conditions on the Kashmir protest under Sections 12 and 14 of the Public Order Act.”
MET Police said that “failure to adhere to these conditions may lead to arrest and prosecution”.
The decision of the Metropolitan Police came after many individuals and organizations of Indian descent had written to the Mayor, the Met Police and the Home Office to stop the protest as it falls
on Diwali and was being perceived as an attack on the Hindus.
Kashmir protesters claim that October 27 is an important date for them. UK president of JKLF Tahseen Gilani is expecting to bring 2,000 people, while wishing everyone a “Happy Diwali” said, “It’s
not against any religious practice. Around 8 million people been stopped to offer Eid prayers in August this year. Was it justifiable?”
The UK chief of the leading pro-independence organization in J&K also said, “The Indian High Commission is not a religious place and neither are we protesting against Hindus. It’s against innocent
killings in Kashmir.”
Mayor Sadiq Khan had “condemned the protest” and wrote to the home office and the Metropolitan Police to act.
UK MP Lord Ahmed, who has supported many ‘anti-India’, protests before and who will be attending the protest on October 27, has written to the Metropolitan Police challenging their decision on
imposing restrictions.
“I understand that Met Police has been forced by politicians including the Home Secretary and London Mayor to prevent Peaceful march on October 27, 2019, from Downing Street to Indian High
Commission in Westminster.”
“We urge Metropolitan Police, Mayor of London and Home Secretary to act in good spirit and respect the rights of those seeking justice for the helpless by way of freedom of speech and expression
of right to march to show solidarity with the people of Kashmir,” Ahmed said.
Other organizations joining the protest claimed to have written similar letters to the Met Police as they await a decision. (KNT)

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