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WATCH VIDEO: On 69th Republic Day, clashes erupt in London as British Lord calls for 'Azad Kashmir'

During the protest, hundreds of demonstrators led by Lord Nazir called for independence for Kashmir as well for Khalistan.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, London [ Updated: January 27, 2018 9:51 IST ]
Clashes erupt in London as British Lord calls for Azad
Clashes erupt in London as British Lord calls for Azad Kashmir.

Clashes broke out outside the Indian High Commission in London on Friday as Lord Nazir Ahmed, a pro-Pakistan peer in the House of Lords attempted to hold a "black day" protest.

The Pakistan-backed 'black day' that is aimed to highlight the "oppression in India" falls on the same day as Indian Republic Day.

During the protest, hundreds of demonstrators led by Lord Nazir called for independence for Kashmir as well for Khalistan. However, the protests were vehemently countered by many Indian and British groups as they felt that Lord Nazir was making a mockery of the British system by openly playing Pakistan's game.

As scuffles broke out between anti-India and pro-India groups, police were forced to intervene. 

Lord Nazir is a highly controversial figure with a string of scandals, including a conviction for dangerous driving and being ousted from the Labour Party for his anti-Semitic views as well as his perceived sympathy towards radical Islamists. 

(With ANI inputs)

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