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PHOTOS: How PM Modi was greeted in London

April 19, 2018 12:42 IST

Hundreds of demonstrators chanting slogans in favour of India's development and against "atrocities" taking place in the country greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday as he arrived at 10 Downing Street to hold talks with his British counterpart Theresa May.

 

Here are some of the images of demonstrations.

IMAGE: Demonstrator holds a placards and pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament Square, London. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

IMAGE: A flash mob of sari-clad women with dhols set the tone for the pro-Modi crowds opposite 10 Downing Street as the Indian prime minister arrived for his bilateral meeting with May. "We want to welcome the Indian prime minister to the UK and show him the diaspora support he enjoys," said one of the members of the gathering. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

IMAGE: Indian diaspora from across the UK wave banners such as 'Chak De India' and 'Jai Hind' outside Downing Street and nearby Parliament Square. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

IMAGE: On the other side, anti-Modi protesters from Caste Watch UK and South Asia Solidarity group waved banners such as "Modi, you have blood on your hands" and "Modi Not Welcome". They were joined by other protestors carrying images the eight-year-old rape victim from Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, and Gauri Lankesh, the Indian journalist who was shot at her doorstep last year. "Hindu nationalism must be curtailed to avert India sliding towards wholesale dictatorship threatening democratic fabric, rule of law and the unity of India," a Caste Watch UK spokesperson said. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

IMAGE: Some pro-Khalistani demonstrators from Sikh Federation UK and demonstrators from the so-called "Minorities Against Modi" group, led by Pakistani-origin peer Lord Ahmed, completed the congregation at Parliament Square. At one point, some of the protesters surrounded the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the square with yellow Khalistani flags.Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

IMAGE: The group also included representatives of several Indian women's groups in the UK, wearing white as part of their silent protest against "atrocities that are taking place in India". Meanwhile, Indian officials involved in organising the prime ministerial visit to the UK had said that protests and demonstrations are "part and parcel of any democratic society". Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters
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