After the incident of Khalistani supporters attacking the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, a large number of people of the Indian community gathered in front of the embassy and took out a peace rally. In this rally, Indian-Americans also waved the Indian national flag and gave the message that separatists will not be able to walk in front of solidarity.
Last Sunday, a group of pro-Khalistan protesters attacked and vandalized the Indian consulate in San Francisco. They had put up two so-called Khalistani flags in the consulate premises. However, those flags were soon removed by personnel. A large number of Indian-Americans reached San Francisco to protest the incident and waved the tricolor to show solidarity with India.
Keeping an eye on the developments: Canada
Amid Punjab Police crackdown on radical preacher Amritpal Singh, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie has said that Canada is following the developments in Punjab very closely. “We are aware of the developments in Punjab and we are following it closely,” Jolly said. We will continue to address the concerns of community members.
Khalistan supporters attack Indian journalist outside embassy in Washington
Washington-based Indian journalist Lalit Jha was physically assaulted and verbally abused by Khalistan supporters in Washington, DC. He was covering the pro-Khalistan protest outside the Indian Embassy on Saturday afternoon.
Jha on Sunday thanked the US Secret Service for helping him protect and work. He said that Khalistan supporters hit him with two sticks on his left ear. He also shared a video of Khalistani supporters on his Twitter handle. Jha tweeted on Sunday, “Thank you US Secret Service for protecting me for two days and helping me do my job, otherwise I would be writing this tweet from the hospital.” A gentleman hit me twice below the left ear with a baton. The incident reminded me of the 9/11 attack and fearing physical assault, I ran for safety towards the police van.
Jha said, “At one point I felt so threatened that I called 911. Then I saw Secret Service officials and told them about the incident. Journalist Jha, however, has decided not to take any action against those who assaulted him.