Vastavam web: In a shocking incident, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was desecrated in Washington on Saturday (December 12) by some supporters of Khalistani movement during a protest organised by Sikh-American youths in support of farmers protesting at Delhi borders against the three new farm laws implemented by the Centre. The youths were also spotted waving ‘Khalistan’ flags during the protest. A yellow coloured flag was draped over Gandhi’s statue along with cardboard cutouts and placards pasted on it.
“The statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza in front of the Embassy was defaced by Khalistani elements on 12 December, 2020. The Embassy strongly condemns this mischievous act by hooligans masquerading as protesters against the universally respected icon of peace and justice,” it said in a statement. On Saturday, several Sikhs from in and around Greater Washington DC area, Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, carried out a car rally to the Indian Embassy in downtown Washington DC to register their protest against the new farm laws.
But the separatist Sikhs soon hijacked the peaceful protest and they started raising anti-India slogans. These people were seen carrying Khalistani flags with anti-India posters and banners which said they represent The Republic of Khalistan.