• The protesters included Pakistanis, Sikhs and members of human rights organisations.
  • They chanted ‘Go Back Modi' and “Modi is a terrorist' while US president and Indian PM addressed gathering inside stadium.
  •  IoK has been under lockdown for 50 days.

Protesters gathered outside a football stadium in Houston to raise their voice for Kashmiris, while US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were addressing an event.

On Sunday, at the “Howdy, Modi!" rally in NRG football stadium in Houston, thousands of Pakistanis, Sikhs and members of human rights organisations staged a protests condemning Modi's actions in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK). The crowd holding an ‘anti-Modi demonstration' was estimated to be between 12,000 and 15,000.

Chanting slogans like ‘Go back Modi' and ‘Modi is a terrorist', the demonstrators called attention to the ‘racist Modi regime' and its ongoing human rights violations in IoK.

 

On August 5, the Indian government repealed Article 370 of its constitution, stripping IoK of its special status. The government also imposed a strict lockdown and communications blackout in the region. The lockdown entered its 49th day on Sunday. Thousands have also been reportedly arrested or illegally detained in the territory.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2019