Yesterday, Saturday, October 23rd, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) members all over the world together with the broader group got here collectively to lift consciousness and to demand safety and justice from the Bangladesh authorities for the spiritual minorities which are struggling atrocities and violence together with assaults on temples, properties, property, and other people.
#globalkirtanprotest, Times Square, New York City, USA
More than 100 ISKCON-organized occasions came about throughout the globe and 1000’s participated on this momentous worldwide occasion of contributors peacefully chanting whereas holding indicators pleading for defense and justice for minority teams, together with all Hindus, in Bangladesh. National media lined lots of the occasions, such because the Times of India and CBC. Members of ISKCON, the broader Hindu group, and different supporters got here out to protest the assaults at present occurring in Bangladesh.
“The incontrovertible fact that 1000’s of devotees and buddies turned out for these kirtan protests all over the world reveals how necessary spiritual freedom and the safety of minorities is for ISKCON. We pray the Bangladeshi authorities hears our requires assist by stepping as much as defend their minorities and produce the perpetrators of the current assaults to justice,” mentioned Anuttama dasa, ISKCON’s Minister of Communications.
#globalkirtanprotest, Sydney, Australia
The Global Kirtan Protest started yesterday in Australia and New Zealand with devotees marching down main streets chanting the maha-mantra—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare; Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Protests and rallies continued across the globe by Asia, Africa, Europe, and led to North America.
#globalkirtanprotest, Mayapur, India with Jayapataka Swami
Demonstrations and candlelight vigils came about in India together with in Bangalore, Vrindavan, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kolkata, Dehradun, Mayapur, Goa, and Delhi. Dignitaries and particular friends together with Jayapataka Swami spoke how minorities in Bangladesh reside in perpetual worry and want safety and advocacy. Due to Covid-restrictions in India, a lot of the protests have been below 100 folks with only some having round 300 contributors. The largest occasion was a joint occasion held in Siliguri (with different Hindu teams) and at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur.
#globalkirtanprotest, Delhi, India
And protests didn’t cease there. Places like Buenos Aires, Argentina; Durban, South Africa; Maitighar, Nepal; and Mauritius all gathered in unity to protest for justice.
#globalkirtanprotest, Durban, South Africa
In the United States, ISKCON teamed up with the broader Hindu group and chanted in entrance of serious landmarks. For instance, in New York, the devotees chanted in Times Square, and in Washington, D.C., chanting came about in entrance of the White House. From East to West, ISKCON US temples together with these in Dallas, New Vrindavan, Naperville, Sacramento, and Philadelphia have been actively collaborating.
#iskconglobalprotest Sacramento, California, USA
In Canada, peaceable protests came about from coast to coast, from Vancouver and Winnipeg to Montreal and Halifax. In Canada’s capital, Ottawa, devotees chanted in entrance of the Parliament Building, and in Toronto, over 500 devotees and group members got here collectively in entrance of Old City Hall.
#globalkirtanprotest Toronto, Canada
Europe was additionally an epicenter for quite a few kirtan protest occasions from Finland to Italy. In London, England over 500 devotees and supporters gathered, chanted, and danced on either side of the road in entrance of the Bangladesh High Commission.
#globalkirtanprotest Florence, Italy
ISKCON hopes that these Global Kirtan Protest occasions will assist persuade the Bangladesh authorities to vigorously prosecute and punish the criminals behind the current assaults, to finish the violence in opposition to minorities, and to deliver peace for all residents regardless of their spiritual beliefs or practices.
#globalkirtanprotest, Kolkata, India