The failure of Kashmir Black Day protest rally in London shocked the main sponsors of the event. The final figures show merely 3500 people attended the event. The organisers were expecting 20,000 …. Reports Asian Lite News
Lord Nazir Ahmed, the most vocal Kashmir campaigner in the country, blamed Mayor Sadiq Khan for the flop show on Sunday to protest against India for the revocation of Article 370. The Lord accused Mr Khan of putting a spike on the march with the help of Home Secretary Priti Patel.
“There was confusion over the protest march this time,” the Lord told a Pakistani TV channel. “Every year on October 27, I am protesting in front of Indian High Commission along with my friends. But this year the things have changed.
“Sadiq Khan, the Pakistani-origin London mayor, has complained to the government to ban the protest because it is coinciding with Diwali. That prompts Home Secretary Priti Patel, a friend of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to shift the protest to No 10 Downing Street.
“Our protest was not against any festivals,” Lord Nazir told the channel. “People were thinking the protest was abandoned after the Met restrictions and Indian propaganda machinery. The police imposed restrictions but we are trying to get permission to walk to Aldwych from Trafalgar Square.”
The poor show at Trafalgar Square put the Lord and his supporters in a bad light. The Lord was expecting a gathering of 20,000 and a mere 3500 turned up.
The London mayor was forced to take a tough stance after two earlier protests near India House turned violent and the protesters attacked the heritage building with tomatoes, rotten eggs and smoke bombs. They also blocked the city’s busy roads at Strand, the cultural hub dotted with many popular theatres.