By Badees Nouiouat
People of all ethnicities and religions came together today to protest the reception of India PM Narendra Modi in Houston, Texas.
The Prime Minister was previously banned for 10 years from entering the United States due to his crimes as chief minister in Gujurat, India. In the incident, Modi oversaw the killings of almost 1,000 Muslims by supporters of his Hindu nationalist group. Shaykh Yasir Qadhi eloquently described the connections of this group, called the RSS, with Hitler’s Nazi party.
Now, Trump welcomes Modi with open arms to the United States. The NRG stadium in Houston was packed with an estimated 50,000 supporters of Modi and Trump.
During the rally, Trump addressed the crowd and mentioned how Modi is a “loyal ally to the United States.” and “doing an exceptional job.” Dancers and singers performed in what was a clear demonstration of Hindu Nationalism.
However, the protest outside the stadium was no less eventful.
Hundreds of Muslims from Dallas left at 4:30 am on multiple buses from Dallas masajid including ICI, EPIC, and IANT. Altogether, there were tens of thousands of protesters from all over Texas.
The event was a beautiful display of solidarity among many different people; young and old, Indian and Pakistani, Muslim and Sikh.
Demonstrators held signs that read “Stop The Genocide In Kashmir” and “Modi, Another Face of Hitler”. Protestors shouted many slogans and chants such as “Azadi,” meaning Freedom.
“Trump has shown that it doesn’t matter whether you are a dictator with blood on your hands, so long as your purchase American weapons to butcher your people,” said Shaykh Omar Suleiman.
“Just as tyrants are willing to solidify their fascism and tyranny around the world, it is time for the oppressed masses around the world and those who grief with them to realize that we also have a shared stake in each others struggle…We are not here for the moment, but we are here for the movement. We say to Modi that you will find opposition wherever you go in the world.”