An event hosted by the South Asia Solidarity Group at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the University of London on Saturday was disrupted by a group of volunteers wearing masks and carrying a rainbow banner representing LGBTQ community.
According to media reports, a group of five people wearing balaclava masks interrupted the panel with a rainbow flag which read: ‘Gay for J&K’ and ‘370 is homophobic’.
The event ‘Resisting Fascism, Building Solidarities – India, Kashmir and beyond’, was chaired by Professor Dibyesh Anand, of Westminster University and the panel included Kavita Krishnan, from CPI-ML, Dr Nitasha Kaul of Westminster University and many others.
At the event Kavita Krishnan was criticising the recent decisions of the Indian government concerning Jammu and Kashmir when a few people entered the venue wearing masks and raised slogans ‘Gay for J and K’.
The protesters said that those who oppose the repeal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir support homophobia.
They also said that its removal means LGBTQ community will get equal rights in J-K among other minorities.
Many parts in Jammu and Kashmir have been under curfew with communication blockade since August 5, when the Centre government revoked special constitutional status to the state.
Hundreds of political leaders are still under detention but a few educational institutes have started functioning in the state.