UK tenders apology as protesters tear Indian flag at anti-Modi rally
London : The United Kingdom government apologised on Thursday after Indian authorities complained of Indian Flag at Parliament Square being taken down, torn and stamped on by individuals protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to London.
The London authorities soon replaced Indian Flag with a new one. Some Indian journalists also complained of assault by the protestors.
The Foreign Office said in a statement: “While people have the right to hold peaceful protests, we are disappointed with the action taken by a small minority in Parliament Square and contacted High Commissioner Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha as soon as we were made aware.
“The visit to the UK by Prime Minister Modi has strengthened our relationship with India and we look forward to working even more closely together on a number of important areas.”
UK Prime Minister Theresa May stood by India and said, “India is indeed a good friend of the UK, and the Indian diaspora here in the UK plays an enormous role and makes an enormous contribution to our society and our economy.”
She added, “When I spoke to Prime Minister Modi, we discussed how we can encourage and increase the links and development between our two countries.”