Poonam Joshi, an Indian journalist was seen in a video trying to capture the Indian flag from the hands of Pakistan and pro-Khalistan supporters during a protest outside the High Commission of India in London
London: Indian journalist Poonam Joshi ran into the middle of violent protests outside the High Commission of India in London on Thursday to save the tricolour flag from a group of pro-Pakistan and Pro Khalistan activists.
A video of the incident has gone viral on social media. Poonam is seen grabbing the Indian flag from protesters even as eggs and bottles are being thrown at her.
#WATCH: Journalist Poonam Joshi covering for ANI the #IndianIndependenceDay celebrations outside Indian High Commission in London,where Pro-Pak & Pro-Khalistan protests were also underway, snatches 2 torn parts of tricolour from Khalistan supporters who had seized it from Indians pic.twitter.com/Go7X2tVZXg— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2019
Around 10,000 British Pakistanis and pro-Khalistan Sikhs had reached London to protest India’s decision to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution, withdraw the special status that had been given to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two union territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Due to the protest, Independence Day celebrations by the Indian diaspora in London were disrupted. Pakistan-backed protestors and pro-Khalistan elements, who pelted stones and eggs on the embassy building and Indians gathered outside during the protest. According to reports, a young Khalistan supporter snuck into where the Indians stood, grabbed an Indian flag, threw it over to the side where Pakistan supporters stood and returned to his cohorts.
Meanwhile, London Police have arrested four people in this connection. Police have also confiscated a footlong dagger from one of the protesters.
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