UK Police on September 11 arrested 55 protesters at a Gurdwara in Leamington Spa, UK and said that they seized numerous “bladed weapons” at the scene.
Following reports that a group of men had entered the Gurdwara, armed policemen surrounded the Gurdwara Sahib early Sunday morning and later arrested 55 Sikh men for aggravated trespass.
According to Superintendent David Gardner, the police deployed an armed force as they got reports that these men were in possession of a significant number of “bladed weapons”. Though he clarified that nobody was injured in the incident.
According to the Guardian all but one of the weapons seized were kirpans.
According to ‘Sikh 2 Inspire’ it had staged a peaceful protest and added that many Sikhs in the UK have previously protested the Sikh wedding ceremony being carried out for mixed faith weddings.
“The peaceful protests are about non-Sikhs undertaking a Sikh religious ceremony in a Gurdwara which is not line with Sikh protocol”.