India will formally complain to the Canadian authorities over permitting a pre-planned blockade of its consulate in Vancouver by protesters ostensibly opposing farm legal guidelines, with some carrying Khalistan flags and placards.
The matter shall be “taken up” shortly with Global Affairs Canada, the nation’s overseas ministry, diplomatic sources advised the Hindustan Times.
A sizeable group of protestors converged on the veranda main to the constructing housing the consulate on Republic Day, and weren’t prevented by native law enforcement from blocking the doorway.
Protests can even be lodged with the provincial authorities of British Columbia, the place Vancouver is positioned, and with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP ) which is liable for making certain safety for diplomats and diplomatic premises. While the Vancouver Police Department is liable for law and order in town, missions take care of native law enforcement by the RCMP.
The diplomatic sources stated they had been incensed that the protestors had been allowed to “violate the sanctity of diplomatic premises” and for allowing them to take “direct action despite promises to the contrary.”
What is of explicit concern to Indian authorities is that among the many protestors on the consulate was an individual who had just lately threatened India’s consul normal Manish. Also believed to be current was Hardeep Singh Nijjar, among the many essential Khalistani figures in Canada. Plans for the blockade had been introduced in advance by the separatist group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) and regardless of the forewarning, the shortage of measures to stop the obstruction has additionally incensed Indian diplomats.
While the flag unfurling ceremony to mark Republic Day celebrations happened early in the morning, protestors arrived and blocked the constructing round 8.30 am and remained in entrance of it for a number of hours.
What has disenchanted Indian diplomats extra is that the day commenced on a constructive be aware with a heat message on Republic Day from Canada’s new overseas minister Marc Garneau, which was additionally shared on social media by exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar.
“On India’s Republic Day, we are reminded of the importance of strengthening current bonds as well as forging new ones in the years ahead,” Garneau stated, in an official assertion launched by his office.
He additionally stated that the “challenges of the past year show that the links between our countries continue to grow stronger” and that “India’s leadership in sustaining global supply chains of critical medical supplies and pharmaceuticals has proven to be invaluable, helping a great number of Canadians.”