Protest in UK against police crackdown on Ramdev

Hundreds of people on Monday demonstrated in front of the British Parliament in protest against the brutal police crackdown on Ramdev at Ramlila ground in New Delhi earlier this month.

London: Hundreds of people on Monday demonstrated in front of the British Parliament in protest against the brutal police crackdown on Ramdev at Ramlila
ground in New Delhi earlier this month.

"We, the people of Indian origin all over the world
are deeply depressed, embarrassed and pained by this vulgar
display of naked power," said Sunita Poddar, member of Action
Against Corruption and Trustee of The Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK)
Trust.

Security forces swooped down on Ramdev a little past
midnight on June 5 and detained him after firing tear gas
shells and resorting to lathicharge on his supporters to end
his day-old indefinite hunger strike on black money issue.

Ramdev was was demanding immediate action to bring
back black money stashed in foreign tax havens.

The dramatic police action came after government and
the 46-year-old yoga guru had accused each other of betrayal.

"No justification of any kind can condone these
vicious actions on the Indian Citizens," said Poddar, who was
leading the protest.

She said by holding this protest "we would like to
show our solidarity with the citizens of India."

"We would like to show our support to Baba Ramdev and
Anna Hazare and all other leaders who are fighting against
corruption in India," she underlined.

The protesters were wearing black armbands as a sign
of solidarity with the people of India.

She underlined that corruption is "the root cause of
poverty" in India.

The protestors observed a 2-minute silence to remember
"our brothers, sisters, friends and relatives who were
brutally hurt when the police raided their peaceful
demonstration on 5th June," she said.

PTI

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