Political Protest Against India in World Cup 2019
A number of spectators were handcuffed and kicked out of the stadium during the first World Cup 2019 semi-final between India and New Zealand after organizing a political event. The fans were apparently Sikh separatists wearing T-shirts and carrying banners. They were demanding a referendum on an independent homeland to be separated from India.
The security on the ground entered the stands and took the fans out of the stadium. They took them without much resistance and handed them over to the police. The police officers on the ground told AFP on condition of anonymity. There were four Sikhs wearing T-shirts with a political message, that’s not allowed.
Expatriate Sikh separatists, who want to create a Khalistan homeland in northern Punjab state, India. They have organized rallies in England to promote their cause. The World Cup was the scene of other political demonstrations during the matches, with the ICC distancing itself each time.
Banners bearing the words “#Justice for Kashmir” and “India stop the Genocide Free Kashmir” were flown by Headingley during the match between India and Sri Lanka on Saturday. It is previously said by the organizers we do not tolerate any kind of political message at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.