Italian Sikhs to vote in Khalistan referendum today

BRESCIA, ITALY: Thousands of Sikhs from across the European Union (EU) gathered in the Italian city of Brescia here to take part in the EU phase of the global referendum on Khalistan for secession from Punjab from India.

The international Sikh advocacy group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) organized the Khalistan referendum movement and brought out thousands of Sikhs in the UK, Geneva and now Italy. The Khalistan referendum vote will take place on Sunday at the Brixia Forum, Via Caprera.

Sikhs also took part in the historic Nagarkirtan parade to celebrate the Vaisakhi festival and demand an independent state of Khalistan for millions of Sikhs. Sikhs For Justice said Italy is home to over 200,000 Sikhs who are a vibrant part of the Italian community and that is why this city was chosen for the parade and referendum. Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Advocate (NY), General Counsel of SFJ, said the enthusiastic participation of Sikhs in the Nagarkirtan parade showed the desire and demand of Sikhs to separate themselves from Indian occupation in order to live in the free land of the Khalistan where Sikhs live under the teachings of their Gurus. Dr. Bakhshish Singh Sandhu, Chairman of the Khalistan Council, Washington, DC, said that “under international law and the Charter of the United Nations, Sikhs have a clear case for the right to self-determination on the grounds that they have a distinct and separate religious identity and language and have been the subject of genocide by India since 1984. Under Prime Minister Modi, the persecution of Sikhs for supporting the Khalistan referendum campaign has increased as hundreds were charged, detained and tortured under colonial-era sedition laws.

Dupinderjit Singh, Sikhs For Justice, UK Coordinator, said: “The referendum in Khalistan is a legal and democratic campaign because the use of the ballot is the most legitimate and peaceful method of determining the will of the people. on a political issue. Under the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Sikh people have the right to express their will by referendum on the question of the continued and future association of Punjab with India, Singh added.

The Sikh movement for Khalistan has its roots in India’s June 1984 military action – Operation Blue Star – against the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar in which thousands of Sikh pilgrims were massacred by the security forces and consequently led to the assassination of the Prime Minister at the time. Indira Gandhi on October 31, followed by genocidal violence against Sikhs across India.

Ahead of the Italian phase of the Khalistan referendum, voting in the Khalistan referendum was launched on October 31 from London, UK, where thousands of British Sikhs lined up to vote as the Indian government tried unsuccessfully to block the event and spread several fake news to dissuade Sikh voters from attending the referendum. The first-ever non-governmental referendum on the question “whether India-ruled Punjab is an independent country” is being held under the supervision of an independent panel of the Punjab Referendum Commission comprising world-renowned non-aligned experts on independence referendums. The Commission’s mandate is to ensure transparency, legitimacy and adherence to best practices in the voting and balloting procedures of the Khalistan Referendum.

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