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Saturday 28 September 2019

Protest against PM Modi Met with Counter Demonstration in New York

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NEW YORK (Ruptly) — Protesters demonstrating against the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government’s ongoing lockdown in Indian-administrated Kashmir were met with a counter rally in New York City on Friday as the Indian PM arrived to speak at the United Nations General Assembly.

“The Kashmiri people are undergoing a two-faceted crisis both humanitarian and political crisis. People have been cut off from their loved ones for over fifty days due to this communication blockade, we are running out of medical supplies there, young boys are being detained, our political leaders are being arrested. This is not a way for India to instil peace and development as they claim as they have revoked article 370”, said Zeinab Drabu, a critic of the Indian prime minister.

The anti-Modi protesters could be seen brandishing Pakistani flags, hitting a photograph of the Indian PM with their shoes and were audibly chanting “Modi Hitler”. One demonstrator could be seen being led away from the protest by police.

“I am here to welcome PM Modi, because we are very happy with his work. His idea of development and progress, we feel there is a lot of energy excitement and hope in India which wasn’t there because nothing was like happening you know but when he came to power everyone is very hopeful of development. We are also happy about 370 which has been removed because we feel it will bring peace to Kashmir”, said Pratyusha Singh, a supporter of Modi.

The pro-Modi protesters could be seen brandishing signs saying, “American loves Modi” and brandishing Indian flags.

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