This is a guest post by SONIA ANWAR
As everybody knows by now, not everybody was cheering when the Indian PM recently visited the U.K. Some photos and a short write-up sent by a protestor and eyewitness…
The pictures didn’t come out very good as I was trying to absorb everything that was happening around me yesterday in front of No: 10 Downing street and later in the Parliament Square and also shout against Modi as loud as I could at the same time. The air was filled with angry slogans coming from different groups. The centre point was behind the barricades right across the gates to No: 10. There were people of all genders, faiths and nationalities. We shouted out as loud as we could; they had to bring in Modi on foot to No: 10 through the Foreign Office building to avoid us and our angry shouts that he is a murderer and has blood on his hands. Later we marched down towards the Parliament square.
We stood behind the barricades shouting that Modi committed genocide and waited for him. We roared and booed when he came to pay respect in front of Gandhiji’s statue in the Parliament Square. Our loudest shouts were synchronised with the RAF as they flew past. And all Modi could do was stay silent and as they say grin and bear it. This was the protest that took place in front of No: 10, Downing Street on 12th of November. This was the first meeting for Modi in UK, when he was welcomed into the British Prime Minister’s official residence. The protest lasted from 12:00 till 16: oo. There were a series of protests to mark Modi’s visit, which started with the projection of Modi’s image onto the parliament on 8th of November at 21:00 with a clear message that he was not welcome in UK. The protestors followed Modi in all the major venues where he had meetings. Even though the Indian media failed to report these protests, they were covered in all the major visual and print media in England.
Sonia Anwar lived in Ahmedabad in 2002.