Devotees of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) on Saturday hit the road across the world to protest the recent killing of Hindus, destruction of temples and private properties of Hindus in Bangladesh by Islamic fundamentalists. Scores of Hindus, many not affiliated with ISKCON, participated in the protests.
ISKCON called it a Global Kirtan Protest organized at 740 ISKCON temples across 170 countries, and ran a social media campaign with the hashtag #Globalkirtanprotest. This is the first such spontaneous global protest against Islamic fundamentalists in recent time which was joined by Hindus who are not even members of this sect.
“Join us tomorrow from Washington DC to New Delhi, Perth to London, Durban to Toronto as we gather in a peaceful Kirtan protest in solidarity with the ISKCON members, other Hindus & minorities in #Bangladesh,” ISKCON had issued an appeal.
WATCH: Devotees of Isckon take to streets in the Delhi in protest against attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh.
They demand strict action against those who indulged in violence against Hindus and r urging the centre to have a dialogue with Ban govt to ensure safety of Hindus there. pic.twitter.com/1AN6Mu9rFN
— Prashant Kumar (@scribe_prashant) October 23, 2021
ISKCON devotees hold protest in Pune
In a similar protest, ISKCON devotees also staged a silent rally in Pune on Saturday. Many other organisations like Vishwa Hindu Parishad and RSS’s Muslim Rashtriya Manch also joined the protest. Earlier on October 23, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) penned a letter to the international bodies including, the UN and UNHRC, and demanded immediate action against those involved in the atrocities against the Hindu community in Bangladesh. In the letters, the head of international affairs of VHP, Swami Vigyananand urged to set up an international enquiry commission and send a fact-finding mission to Bangladesh at the earliest. Also, the organisation demanded the international bodies to pressurise the Bangladesh government to ensure security, justice and compensation to the victims.
Devotees of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Pune on Saturday held protests to condemn the attack on the minority community in Bangladesh pic.twitter.com/79G9uQlksG
— ANI (@ANI) October 23, 2021
— ISKCON (@iskcon) October 23, 2021