December 22, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Brampton, Canada (December 22, 2013): According to information sent to the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) by Coalition of Sikh Organizations (on December 19):- “[s]peaking to a crowd of over 1200 attendees with standing room filled to capacity, Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa shared a message peace and justice, as his health continues to dwindle”.
Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa has been on a hunger strike for over a month now in protest to the illegal arrest and detention of political prisoners who have completed their sentences, yet remain imprisoned.
OGC member Daljeet Singh Sehkon said “His (Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa’s) courage, determination and strength has had a profound affect on the Sikh community. When you look around the hall and see how many people have come to support him, it’s overwhelming”.
Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa spoke of his disappointment in the Indian judiciary, explaining that application of the law equally is paramount to a thriving democracy . He also too the opportunity to highlight the importance of peaceful protest and meditation as the basic fundamentals for anyone wanting to support his cause. Although having been on a hunger strike for over a month, Mr. Khalsa remains positive and hopeful.
“We commend Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa for taking this stand and bringing light to this issue said Lakhwinder Singh Dhaliwal,” said committee member at Gurdwara Guru Nanak Mission Center and Ontario Sikh and Gurdwara Council Spokesmen.
The attendees and community leaders concluding the evening with a discussion on the next steps and all the ways in which the community could work together to progress forward on this issue to support Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa.
“Gurbaksh Singh delivered a message of hope and peace tonight. His conviction is testament to his dedication for the judicial rights of all minorities in India – as Canadians and Sikhs we’re so proud to be ambassadors of his message of peace and protest.” added Amaninder Singh from Coalition of Sikh Organizations (COSO).
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