Dozens arrested over Sikh mixed marriage protest
BRITISH police arrested 55 people and seized blades at a Sikh temple, following a protest against a mixed marriage.
Armed officers were deployed to the Gurdwara Temple in Leamington Spa, central England, early on September 11 after a group of men entered the building.
A total of 55 people were arrested for aggravated trespass in what police chief David Gardner described as “an escalation of a local dispute”.
“A significant number of bladed weapons were seized from the scene,” he said, adding that no one was injured in the incident.
Gurmel Singh, secretary general of Sikh Council UK, said protesters walked freely into the temple and did not break into the building. He said the group then held prayers and a sit-in to oppose a wedding due to take place between a Sikh and a non-Sikh.
“Marriage is a sacred institution and in our culture we have no problem with people of different races getting married, but the religious doctrine says this particular ceremony is reserved for two Sikhs,” Mr Singh told AFP.
The Sikh 2 Inspire group said those arrested were carrying the kirpan,a ceremonial Sikh dagger, and criticised the response to the Gurdwara Temple incident.
“The media and police have victimised the Sikh appearance and defamed the Sikh community in the United Kingdom,” the group said on Facebook, calling on their supporters to take their kirpan to their local police station and explain its significance to officers. –
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