Protest against Delhi violence in several European countries
New Delhi : A number of Indian community members were seen protesting in more than 18 cities of Europe to express solidarity with the victims of Delhi violence, demanding a strict and instant action against the culprits.
The protests, attended by around 1,500 people, were held in cities including Brussels, Geneva, Helsinki, Krakow, The Hague, Stockholm, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Glasgow and London.
46 people were killed and more than 250 people were injured in the violence related incidents in the Delhi capital last week. Hundreds of homes and shops were burned and vandalized during the attack.
It all started with a small clash between supporters and opponents of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act. It turned violent and massive in no time and coincided with US President Donald Trump's two-day visit to India. It became so stressful that a midnight intervention from the Delhi High Court came seeking an immediate police action.
The Opposition parties have been targeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah for the violence and are raising demands of his resignation from the post. The demands are likely to be raised in the second half of the Budget session which starts from March 2.
In Berlin, the protesters marched towards the Indian embassy, raising slogans against the alleged police atrocities on the victims and inaction by the government.
The protesters also placed flowers in front of the Indian Embassy as a gesture of condolence to the victims.
In Paris, French citizens joined Indians to observe a minute of silence. They also laid white roses, a symbol of anti-fascist resistance in Europe, near the consular office in Paris.