It was a flop show. The Saturday’s demonstration by Sikh For Justice or SFJ (which demands secession of Punjab from India with alleged support from ISI) outside the Indian Embassy in Washington was a flop show attended by around 15-20 people.
This demonstrates the hollow claim of SFJ that they enjoy wide support, sources said, adding, “They are a fringe group backed by Pakistan clearly bringing out the nefarious design of Pakistan to stir up trouble. In fact, most of the demonstrators were Pakistanis.”
“SFJ’s claim on their website that they burnt an Indian flag outside the Embassy is completely false. As the photos/videos show, no such thing took place. The claim is intended to cover up for their flop show,” a source claimed.
Earlier, major Sikh, Hindu organisations in the United States had condemned the plans to burn the Tricolour in Washington. The Sikhs of America Inc. “condemned and denounced” in the “strongest terms the planned burning of the Indian flag” on Republic day.
In a release, they said, “Sikhs reside and have businesses not only all over India but also boast a global presence. Such theatrical protests like Flag burning are detrimental to the peace-loving and harmony enhancing Sikh community”.
It added, “Sikhs have achieved a lot recently through dialogue with the Indian government, solving some of the key issues that were faced by the Sikhs for decades.”
The American Hindu Coalition (AHC) had also expressed “deep dismay” at the statements made by “Sikhs for Justice” to burn the national flag. The AHC had in a release said, “The intent of flag burning is an immense affront to the largest democracy on the earth” and causes “huge grief to the American Hindus”. It had even urged Sikhs for Justice to stop this act.