Sunday, April 23, 2006

right to worship

I posted before on this blog that my sangat split up. It saddened me very much, but i accepted it. It was better then a fight or all this tension. After all we come to pray in gurdwara, to be close to our Guru.
So there was one group of sikhs "wandering" in the area, trying to find a place where they could start their new gurdwara. They seemed to have found this place lately and a new sangat started blooming there.
But today, on this beautiful spring Sunday, the police found nothing else to do then check up the full gurdwara and every single person inside. Several people (illegal people) were taken in custody. There were about 50 policemen (so i was told) blocking all entries of gurdwara and every person had to come out to be checked. After a while many sikhs were outside, calling familymembers in other places. Soon about 300 sikhs were protesting against the police. After the inspection the police withdrew, but told that the gurdwara might be closed.

EVERYBODY HAS A RIGHT TO WORSHIP!!! People have a right to pray together without being disturbed by the police or anybody else.

I was wondering who ordered this? I will find out, but i fear it is a reaction on our protest on Friday. Then illegals and their representatives demonstrated in our capital, Brussels, to make politicians aware of the situation of illegal people. It was an important day to make this protest, as on Friday the new law for asylum and regularisation was voted.
(Yes, they did vote meanwhile and the law will be more strick as we feared!)

Or is the police looking for the killer of J.S.? Or maybe both reasons, one covering the other?
People have a right to worship!
There must be other ways....

Of course it was on TVnews , making big sensation of it again. Like usual.
This year is election year (city council) and i am quite sure some secret agenda's are working already!


Blogger manpreet kaur said...

Is there really in every policepost, someone who rings the camerateam to inform them they will have a well planned and secret invasion in the "sikhtemple"?
If this is not about sensation, then the police can do whatever they have to do in "silence".
Or do they just want to show how brave they are to check on praying people????
Or do they just want to show how "dangerous" these foreigners are? How unsafe we should feel?
Secret agenda's....

Sunday, April 23, 2006 10:11:00 PM  
Blogger Prabhu Singh said...

This is a very serious issue. If this happened in America, who ever ordered such an invasion would be fired and probably face jail time. I think if police came to our Gurdwara and blocked the entrance we (the sangat) would dispose of them. We would kindly ask them to leave and if they refused we'd remove them.
I would suggest you contact United Sikhs and some of the other Sikh volunteer organizations that have resources and legal experience in dealing with these kinds of the things. The Belgium government needs to hear that this is totally inappropriate and won't be tolerated in a free society.
This is reminiscent of the Indian government attacking Gurdwaray. This is really upsetting. Now people will be afraid to go to Gurdwara. That is a huge abuse of government and cause for social revolution.

Monday, April 24, 2006 7:55:00 PM  
Blogger ss said...

It sure does sound as if the situation in Belgium is getting worse. The right wing/anti-immigrant wing likes to play on fears and this sort of thing is probably symptomatic of that.

I know you're in contact with United Sikhs already re: dastaar issues but it looks like they've got their work cut out down there.

Stay strong - I know you will.

Information on a lobby of the Brussels Parliament by Sikhs in Europe will be released soon - I'll let you know when it's all public.

Thursday, April 27, 2006 12:53:00 AM  
Blogger ss said...

Manpreet Kaur - details on the European Lobby are now available publicly:

Friday, April 28, 2006 11:50:00 AM  

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