Hundreds Protest Outside 10 Downing Street Against Modi's Visit To UK

12/11/2015 10:06 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: A protestor demonstrating against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a placards outside Downing Street on November 12, 2015 in London, England. Modi began a three-day visit to the United Kingdom today which will be marked by a speech to Parliament a meeting with the Queen and an address to crowds at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Few hundred protesters today staged a demonstration outside Downing Street here against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UK.

Protesters representing Sikh, Tamil, Kashmiri, Gujarati, Nepali and women's groups chanted 'Modi Go Home' and 'Back off Modi' as he was welcomed by British Prime Minister David Cameron around lunchtime at 10 Downing Street.

The protesters were carrying placards like 'Hindutva is threat to Indian unity', 'Modi not welcome in UK' and 'Stop religious persecution in India'.

A number of groups had earlier announced a "day of protest" today, coinciding with Modi's visit.

The "Modi Not Welcome" campaign is led by the Awaaz Network which is spearheading the protests.

Modi today arrived here on his much-anticipated maiden three-day visit that started with talks with Cameron.

He was subject to a visa ban and British diplomats in India could have no dealings with him until 2012 over Gujarat riots which killed more than 1,000 people in 2002, when he was chief minister of the state.

Modi has always denied any responsibility.

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