The US recently issued a statement pertaining to the attack on the Indian consulate in San Francisco and called the entire ordeal “unacceptable”. The statement comes days after a group of pro-Khalistani protestors entered the Indian consulate. They broke open the security barriers put up in place by the city police and set up their own flags inside the premises of the consulate. As they wreaked havoc in the Indian consulate, they raised pro-Khalistani slogans.
Soon, chaos erupted as group of protestors entered the premises of the Indian consulate and started banging the doors and windows with sticks and rods that they carried to the protest.
In the aftermath, John Kirby, National Security Council Coordinator for strategic communications at the White House, strongly condemned the attack and vandalism. “That vandalism, it’s just absolutely unacceptable,” Kirby said.
“I can’t speak for the San Francisco police, but I can say that the diplomatic security service is working with local authorities to properly investigate and obviously, the State Department is going to be working from an infrastructure perspective to repair the damage, but it’s unacceptable,” he further added.
The Facts of the Matter
The United States has expressed strong condemnation over the attack on the Indian consulate in San Francisco by Khalistani supporters, calling it “absolutely unacceptable.”
On Sunday, a group of protesters broke into the consulate premises, vandalized the building, and planted two Khalistani flags inside. They chanted slogans in favor of Khalistan and wrote “free Amritpal” on the consulate’s walls. The protestors also hit doors and windows with iron rods and sticks they carried.
Khalistani miscreants attacked the Indian consulate in San Francisco after Indian officials removed
Khalistani flags from consulate building @POTUS @VP @SecBlinken ,it’s shocking that no action taken by your Govt till now@SFPD Are you sleeping 🤔?@IndianEmbassyUS pic.twitter.com/p5Wdu2LRdg
— Major Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) March 20, 2023
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US Condemns Attack on San Francisco Consulate
John Kirby, the National Security Council Coordinator for strategic communications at the White House, expressed his outrage over the incident and stated that the State Department’s diplomatic security service is working with local authorities to properly investigate the attack.
However, he refrained from commenting on the San Francisco police’s role in the matter.
“That vandalism, it’s just absolutely unacceptable. The State Department’s diplomatic security service is working with local authorities. I can’t speak for the San Francisco police, but I can say that the diplomatic security service is working with local authorities to properly investigate and obviously, the State Department is going to be working from an infrastructure perspective to repair the damage, but it’s unacceptable,” Kirby was quoted saying in a Times Now Report.
US | We certainly condemn that vandalism, it's absolutely unacceptable. State Department's diplomatic security service is working with local authorities to properly investigate. State department will work on infrastructure perspective to repair the damage: US NSC spox John Kirby… https://t.co/O9oYLuVHxq pic.twitter.com/qfo7fORFaE
— ANI (@ANI) March 20, 2023
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Indian Govt Protests The Attack
Meanwhile, the Indian government has strongly protested the attack on its consulate in San Francisco and has conveyed its grievances to the US Charge d’Affaires in Delhi.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a statement condemning the vandalism of the Indian Consulate General and has demanded that the US take strict action against the Khalistani elements involved in the attack.
“In a meeting with the US Charge d’Affaires in Delhi, India conveyed its strong protest at the vandalisation of the property of the Consulate General of India, San Francisco,” a statement by the MEA read.
India lodges strong protest with the US.
Press Release ➡️ https://t.co/cREWIZhQFd pic.twitter.com/AuU6VywHTU
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) March 20, 2023
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London Witnesses Pro-Khalistani Attack
In a similar incident, a group of individuals took down the Indian flag while chanting pro-Khalistan slogans outside the High Commission in London on Sunday. The Indian government has summoned the “senior-most” UK diplomat to protest against the incident, and the UK’s High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, has condemned the actions of the pro-Khalistan group as “totally unacceptable.”
The Indian government has also demanded an explanation from the UK on the complete absence of British security that allowed the pro-Khalistani elements to enter the High Commission premises, reminding them of their basic obligations under the Vienna Convention.
“Jhanda Ooncha Rahe Hamara”- UK Govt must act against those miscreants who attempted to disrespect Indian Flag at High Commission,London.Punjab & Punjabis have a glorious track record of serving/protecting the Nation.Handful of jumping jacks sitting in UK do not represent Punjab. pic.twitter.com/TJrNAZcdmf
— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) March 20, 2023
The upheaval comes at a time when Punjab Police has initiated a massive state-hunt for the arrest of Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh. Amritpal is a Khalistan separatist and has been reported to have close linkes to Pakistan’s ISI.
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