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Army veterans, RSS-affiliate SJM and ABVP stage protests against China as LAC tensions soar

Small protests broke out Tuesday, after India said 20 of its soldiers died in action at LAC. Delhi BJP to hold candle march at India Gate today.

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New Delhi: The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), both RSS affiliates, and a group of Army veterans staged protests against China Wednesday, a day after India said 20 soldiers had died after clashes with Chinese soldiers in Galwan Valley of Eastern Ladakh.

The state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Delhi chief Adesh Gupta, also said it will conduct a candle march at India Gate in tribute to the soldiers at 7 pm Wednesday.

The ABVP, a student organisation, staged a demonstration outside the Chinese consulate in Kolkata, according to its national media convenor Rahul Chaudhary. ABVP members also raised slogans against China, and also displayed posters condemning the country.

“At around 11 am, we gathered outside the Chinese consulate to protest against the killings of our soldiers. We have also decided to boycott Chinese goods as that would be an apt tribute to our soldiers who put their lives at risk to keep us safe and secure,” said Suranjan Sarkar, ABVP’s state secretary, South Bengal.

Members of the Martyrs Welfare Foundation protest outside the Chinese embassy in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, on 17 June 2020 | Praveen Jain | The Print
Members of the Martyrs’ Welfare Foundation protest outside the Chinese embassy in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, on 17 June 2020 | Praveen Jain | The Print

Members of the SJM, who protested outside the Chinese embassy in Delhi, were dispersed by the police. A group of at least seven retired Army personnel also protested near the Chinese embassy under the banner of the Martyrs’ Welfare Association.

Condemning China for its “military aggression” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) had announced Tuesday it would aggressively step up its nationwide campaign to boycott Chinese goods. The SJM has also been stressing on boycotting Chinese products and accepting local ones.

In Ahmedabad’s Bapu Nagar, people burnt photos of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Similar scenes were also witnessed in Kanpur and Dharamsala, where people protested peacefully while holding placards that read ‘Ban Made in China’.

Earlier in the day, the Congress party criticised the government for not being transparent and for remaining quiet on the issue. Party members held a protest in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Tuesday during which they shouted anti-China slogans and also burnt Chinese flags in front of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya.

The face-off Monday night, resulting in the death of soldiers, is the first such incident to have occurred in 45 years along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

(with inputs from Taran Deol)


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