'Overwhelmingly peaceful,' says British High Commission on protests outside Indian High Commission in London

File photo: Demonstrators protest the scrapping of the special constitutional status in Kashmir, outside the Indian High Commission in London. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 16, 2019, 05.44 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

The United Kingdom on Friday reacted on protests that took place outside the Indian High Commission on Thursday. 

Indians gathered in London outside the Indian High Commission were reportedly attacked by Pakistanis. 

While speaking to WION, British High Commission spokesperson said, "Yesterday’s protest outside the Indian High Commission in London was overwhelmingly peaceful. We were in close contact with our colleagues at the Indian High Commission throughout the day."

Meanwhile, reports have emerged stating that the London Police have arrested four Pak nationals in the matter.

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Thousands of people protested outside the Indian High Commission in London on Thursday over Centre's recent move to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

A small counter-demonstration was kept apart from the main protest by the police, news agency Reuters reported. 

Four people were arrested for affray, obstruction of police and possession of an offensive weapon, police said.

"One person was injured during the demonstrations," they said.

In a statement, London's Metropolitan Police said, "The event was largely peaceful but officers did have to react and deal with a small number of incidents as they happened. In total there were four arrests for Section 4 of the Public Order Act, affray, obstruction of police and possession of an offensive weapon".

"Public order trained officers were policing today's demonstration as part of a planned operation. One person was injured during the demonstrations," the statement added.  

(With inputs from Reuters)

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Thousands of people protested outside the Indian High Commission in London on Thursday over Centre's recent move to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.