Canadian-Indians who had organised a rally to celebrate India-Canada ties were attacked by pro-Khalistani elements who not only hurled abuses at them and ask them to ‘go drink urine’, but also insulted the Indian National Flag.
#Indians at 🇮🇳🇨🇦 friendship rally being assaulted by “Khali Stani” goons on streets of Brampton.— REACH 🇮🇳 (USA & CANADA) Chapter (@reachind_USACAN) March 1, 2021
FYI @PeelPolice @sangharamesh @patrickbrownont
Can 🇨🇦 protect its citizens?@RubikaLiyaquat @MeghUpdates @realSukhiChahal @ramnikmann @arifaajakia @TahirGora @erinotoole @MEAIndia https://t.co/C34BXv5JwU pic.twitter.com/0cAp3wN4HF
“Go and drink urine. Are you happy now (after he got hit) go and drink urine. Drinking urine will not make you strong you b*st*rd,” one Khalistani supporter could be heard shouting in the above video.
On February 28, the members of the Indian diaspora in Canada organised a Tiranga and Maple Car Rally to celebrate strong ties between India and Canada. Hundreds of participants joined the rally to make it successful. The group said, “The Covid-19 Pandemic has taken millions of lives around the globe. In times of such crisis, Prime Minister Trudeau and PM Modi have come together to save millions of lives by approving and supplying millions of vaccines.”
#vandemataram 🙏— REACH 🇮🇳 (USA & CANADA) Chapter (@reachind_USACAN) March 1, 2021
🇨🇦🇮🇳 car rally organised by Canadian #Indians in Brampton on 28th Feb
Message is clear, No place for “hate” @theJagmeetSingh @JustinTrudeau
🇨🇦 like rest of world will get #COVID19Vaccine from 🇮🇳 next week@MEAIndia @arifaajakia @RubikaLiyaquat @TahirGora https://t.co/bpPHL4zuxR pic.twitter.com/uS8xsMXSR5
They further thanked India for practising the ancient Vedic value of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. It added, “Supplying vaccines to Canada reaffirms this value and the friendship shared by the two great democracies. We also recognise India’s efforts to meeting a global demand by sharing its vaccine supply with over 40 countries from around the world.”
The group also expressed gratitude to the Trudeau-led Canadian government for taking a timely decision to secure Covid-19 vaccines from India.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau had recently thanked the Indian government and the Adar Poonawalla’s Serum Institute of India for agreeing to supply doses of the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine to Canada. Yesterday, Trudeau had informed that Canada has secured 20 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and has reached an agreement with Serum Institute of India for another 2 million doses, the first shipment of which with half a million doses is expected to arrive within weeks.
Pro-Khalistani elements attack the rally
Amidst all the positivity shown during the rally, the intrusion by pro-Khalistani elements living and flourishing in Canada was a significant problem. They not only abused the attendees and jammed traffic but also assaulted them for praising India.
In one of the videos shared by REACH (Race, Ethnicity And Culture Heritage), the USA and Canada Chapter, a Hindu community member living in NDP’s leader Jagmeet Singh’s constituency, expressed her ordeal of constant abuse and threats posed by pro-Khalistani elements in Canada. She requested the NDP leader to take cognisance of the situation of the Hindu community living in his constituency. She said, “We are facing atrocities. They are boycotting Hindu businesses. There are slogans of Khalistan everywhere. Please help us in stopping all this.”
Listen to a constituent of yours @theJagmeetSingh / @NDP giving you a reality check. Fascist approach against 🇨🇦#Hindus is not going to take you far; stop this hatred!@JustinTrudeau @liberal_party— REACH 🇮🇳 (USA & CANADA) Chapter (@reachind_USACAN) February 28, 2021
Cc: @HCI_Ottawa @MichelleRempel @erinotoole @MEAIndia @TahirGora @arifaajakia pic.twitter.com/eg3y4iRLdn
She further added that it is his responsibility to ensure the safety of all communities in his constituency. She said, “Please stop supporting Khalistan for once and put a stop on abuses Hindus are facing. It is wrong. And if you do not want to support Hindu businesses, at least start keeping a beard and wearing turbans so that we can also distinguish between Hindus and Sikhs like you.”
In yet another video, the Khalistani supporters were seen disrupting the rally using heavy vehicles. Notably, one of the vehicles that belonged to pro-Khalistani elements not only had Khalistani flags but also had a distorted Sikh Holy symbol made out of weapons. Another Khalistani supporter tried to hit a car in the rally. When he failed, one of the Khalistani left the car, went to the attendee’s car, snatched the Indian flag and threw it on the ground while crushing it. The hate for the Indian flag was clearly visible in the video.
This is why! Would u expect anyone to call them human?— REACH 🇮🇳 (USA & CANADA) Chapter (@reachind_USACAN) March 1, 2021
Protest is fine until it doesn’t become violent & demeans a nations identity
You must also condemn this openly! These are only 2 videos, if you love 🇮🇳 you won’t b able to see what else they did! pic.twitter.com/i2KYb8n3cx
Pro-Khalistan elements are using farmer protests for their own propaganda
Since the day farmer protests erupted in India, the pro-Khalistani elements in India and Canada have been using the protests for their own propaganda. They are not only using the protests to lure the Sikh youth back towards militancy but also causing communal disharmony. The Hindus living in Canada face security threats at the hands of such elements as the pro-Khalistani voices have strong support from the political parties in Canada. Similar situations have come to light in the USA and the UK where Khalistani elements, with the support of ISI and other anti-India forces, are becoming a threat to the Hindu community.