Thousands of anti-India protestors on Sunday staged demonstrations and showed protest flags to the motorcade of US President Donald Trump while he was heading to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event.
On his way back to the airport after addressing the event, Trump again faced a hundred of protestors who were holding Kashmiri separatist flags.
Outside the NRG stadium where the mega event took place, protesters rallied but slowly dissipated.
Dressed traditionally, the protesters rallied outside the event and waved Kashmiri flags, urging the international community to help bring an end to the curfew and human rights abuse in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).
The rally was organised by the International Humanitarian Foundation in collaboration with Amnesty International, Sikhs for Justice, Chief Logistics Coordinator Saeed Sheikh told The Express Tribune.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Executive Atif Khan, Member of Friends of Kashmir Ghazala Habib, and President Pakistan Greater Houston Asim Shah also helped in organising the rally.
The Sikh community joined hands with Pakistanis to protest against New Delhi’s barbaric treatment of Kashmiris and chanted slogans like “Sada Kashmir Sada Khalistan”.
Protestors were carrying life-size cardboard cutouts of Modi while a group banged on drums.
“This is the biggest rally Houston has ever witnessed,” said PTI’s US President Sajjad Burki, adding that the young generation of protesters played a significant role in making the rally a success.
“Modi has no place in the US, he should be pushed out,” said an angry protester, Gupta Singh.
Gathered on the south side of NRG ground, a popular slogan ‘Go, Modi, Go!’ was chanted by children holding flags of Pakistan.
Around 50 buses were used to transport up to 40,000 people to the protest site, who took part in the demonstration. Anti-Modi and anti-India banners were put up around the venue.