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Indian Americans Launch Protests Against Mob Lynching In India

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| July 18 , 2017 , 09:52 IST

Indian Americans may no longer be in India, but clearly, Indian matters touch them deeply. Recent mob lynchings in India have drawn large-scale protests in the country, most recent being the #Not In My Name protests which saw the involvement of celebrities and now Indian Americans have also launched protests in 3 US cities over the same issue.

Protests against the lynching of minorities by mobs in India and the central government policies that 'emboldened such forces' took place in Washington, San Diego (California) and San Jose (California), organised by The Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA). A fourth protest is scheduled for New York City on July 23, AJA said in a statement. AJA is an umbrella coalition of progressive organisations across the US, and other groups.

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The protests in San Jose were jointly organised by the AJA and the "Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice", while the South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI), will be part of the protests in New York City.

Protesters slammed the "brutal killings of mostly Muslims and Dalits in the name of cow protection", alleging these were orchestrated by "Hindu supremacist groups ideologically aligned" with the BJP-led central government and "drawing inspiration" from the beef ban imposed by the governments in various states.

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"The reign of terror unleashed by Hindu supremacist cow vigilantes is clearly targeted at browbeating the nation's religious minorities into the status of second class citizens," said Suhail Syed, one of the organizers of the protests in Washington DC

Protesters in San Jose carried signs, such as "India - Hostage to Hindutva?" and "Beef Ban is Cultural Fascism".

The AJA has pledged to work with people of all faiths to defend India from the onslaught of hate and divisiveness.