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Britain justifies decision to allow rally in London despite protest by India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Britain today justified its decision to allow holding of a pro-Khalistan rally in on August 12 despite describing it as a "separatists' activity" aimed at impinging on India's territorial integrity.

A said here that people in the UK have a right to protest and to demonstrate their views, provided they act within the law.

"Should a protest contravene the law, the police have comprehensive powers to deal with activities that spread hate or deliberately raise tensions through violence or public disorder," it said.

"This does not negate the right to peaceful protest. The use of these powers and the management of demonstrations are an operational matter for the police," the said

The statement came a day after said it has conveyed to the UK that the rally will be "separatists' activity" aimed at impinging on India's territorial integrity.

The UK has already turned down India's request to not allow the rally to take place.

"We have said that it seeks to propagate violence, secessionism and hatred and we expect them to take into account the larger perspective of the relationship when they take a decision on such matters," MEA said yesterday.

Britain's left-wing has already thrown its support behind the pro-Khalistan rally planned at in on Sunday.

registered its formal opposition to the event through a demarche when of the rally emerged in July.

Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), which calls itself an advocacy group, says the rally is intended to raise awareness on the demand for a non-binding referendum in 2020 calling for the Sikh-majority state of to be granted independence.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 18:30 IST