Protests outside Hindu temple in UK`s Smethwick

Protests outside Hindu temple in UK`s Smethwick

Crowds turned violent on Tuesday outside the Durga Bhavan temple in Smethwick, United Kingdom, raising fears of clashes in the country’s eastern city of Leicester in the past weeks following an India-Pakistan cricket match.

Videos that surfaced on social media showed a large crowd of people marching towards the Durga Bhavan Hindu Center at Spawn Lane. They were also heard raising religious slogans.

Many in the crowd were seen climbing the walls of the temple.

Sandwell Police previously tweeted, “We become aware of a planned protest in West Bromwich after today (September 20). We understand this is in relation to concerns surrounding a speaker at the Temple in Spawn Lane, But we have been informed of the incident. It has been canceled and this person is no longer living in the UK.”

Also read: UK: Violence erupts in East Leicester after Indo-Pak match, 15 arrested

This incident comes at a time when there were recent social media reports of Pakistani organized gangs vandalizing and terrorizing Hindus in Leicester city of UK. The incident follows violence and disorder in the eastern part of the city.

The Indian High Commission in London on Monday condemned the violence against the Indian community in Leicester and called for immediate action against those involved in the attacks.

“We strongly condemn the violence against the Indian community in Leicester and the vandalism of Hindu symbols and premises. We have strongly taken up this matter with the UK authorities and demand immediate action against those involved in these attacks. We call upon the authorities to provide security to the affected people,” the statement read.

The violence started on August 28 after India won the Asia Cup T20 match against Pakistan. According to a police statement, a clash broke out between groups of youths in Leicestershire on Sunday. Leicestershire Police said a total of 47 arrests had been made so far.

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