An Indian journalist based in the UK, Poonam Joshi, took a stand against a number of Pakistanis after they disrespected the India flag at protests outside the Indian High Commission in London on Independence Day.
Video footage has emerged where a Pakistani man is seen tearing up the India flag and challenging the Indians to take it back. Police officers did not intervene in the act and thus Joshi took stand and snatched the flag back from the man.
#WATCH: Journalist Poonam Joshi covering for ANI the #IndianIndependenceDay celebrations outside Indian High Commission in London,where Pro-Pak & Pro-Khalistan protests were also underway, snatches 2 torn parts of tricolour from Khalistan supporters who had seized it from Indians pic.twitter.com/Go7X2tVZXg
— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2019
Talking to ANI, Joshi said, “Even though I was there as a journalist, I couldn’t withstand what was taking place and really hurt my pride. As I was standing outside the police cordon, I instinctively ran over to the Pakistani side, grabbed the first part of the flag off the floor and the second part from the other man’s hands. This earned a reprimand from the police who ordered me behind the barriers, which I refused to do.”
“I have covered many, many protests in the past but have never seen anything uglier or intimidating,” she added.
Protests have regularly been held in protest against the Indian government’s move to revoke Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.