Group Celebrating Indian Independence Day Clashes With Protesters in California

Another group celebrated India's Independence Day by taking out a bulldozer march in New Jersey.

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Edited By :Garima Sadhwani

A verbal confrontation occurred in La Palma Park in Anaheim, California on Monday, 15 August, between a group celebrating India's Independence Day and those protesting caste discrimination and violence against Muslims in India.

A video shared by Jeong Park, a journalist covering Asian American communities for the Los Angeles Times, shows the groups engaging in a verbal clash, with some abuses being hurled.

Loud chants of 'Vande Mataram' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' can be heard. Protesters can be seen carrying placards that read 'Justice for Dalit Lives', and 'Stop Fascism in India'.


Another right-wing group celebrated the day by taking out a bulldozer march in New Jersey.

After a video of the bulldozer march went viral, Indian American Muslim Council said in a tweet, "Today, the Hindu right-wing in Edison, New Jersey marched with bulldozers, which have become a weapon in the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government to destroy Muslim homes and livelihoods."


Park added that "nobody got hurt although as seen in videos, some of the crowd charged at the protesters and went after some of their signs."

"A city staff intervened to break off the crowd and the protesters," he said.

The Indian American Muslim Council strongly condemned "the Hindu right wing attack on Indian-American protestors who were protesting against the persecution of religious minorities in India at La Palma Park."

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