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Since the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, numerous protests have been organized across Canada, including this one in September 2023 in Vancouver.

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Six months to the day after the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, activist for the creation of Khalistan and president of a major Sikh temple in Surrey, a suburb of Vancouver , demonstrations to bring him justice continue.

In downtown Vancouver, around a hundred demonstrators gathered once again on Monday in front of the Indian consulate, with a message: let light be shed on his death.

If, last September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned the potential role of the Indian government in this affair, no accusation was however brought for the 'moment in Canada.

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In downtown Vancouver, around a hundred demonstrators gathered once again in front of the Indian consulate, on December 18, 2023.

It is a serious crime that was committed [against a Canadian citizen] and we hope that the High Commissioner of India to Canada [Sanjay Kumar Verma] will be arrested, Gurpatwant Singh said in a press release. Pannun, spokesperson for the American separatist group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), who launched this new call for mobilization.

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Close collaborator of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun was himself the target of a foiled attack in the United States in recent months.

In Surrey, on June 18, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police discovered Hardeep Singh Nijjar inside a vehicle parked near the Guru Nanak temple, suffering from gunshot wounds. The 45-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after paramedics arrived. Since last August, the 'The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has not provided any further updates on the investigation.

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A poster showing Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in Surrey, British Columbia, September 18, 2023.

Every time we go to this temple, there is the memory of the bullets that were fired at him, says Imran Kaur, present at the demonstration on Monday.

It's a feeling of suffocation, going to a place of worship that you go to every day and suffering, she adds.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar and Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, both staunch activists for the creation of an independent Sikh state called Khalistan, in the Punjab region, have been designated as terrorists by Indian authorities several years ago.

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Portrait of Gurpatwant Singh Pannun brandished by demonstrators of the United Hindu Front organization in New Delhi in September 2023.

In 2016, Mr. Singh Nijjar sent a letter to Justin Trudeau, in which he said he was unfairly targeted by New Delhi for his peaceful activities.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The Sikh community in Canada is the largest in the world outside of India, with more than 770,000 people.

The Indian government has long accused Ottawa of turning a blind eye to the activities of radical Sikh nationalists, some of whom were involved in the 1985 Air India bombing, considered #x27;the deadliest terrorist attack in Canadian history.

With information from Benoît Ferradini< /p>

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