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Muslims in North Texas protest religious violence in India

Members of the North Texas Indian Muslim community protested Sunday against recent attacks against Muslims and other religious minorities in India. The gathering of about 200 people at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas chanted, “We are Tabrez! Justice for Tabrez!” in reaction to the June 17 fatal beating of Tabrez Ansari, which was captured on a video that has been widely circulated.…

Syed Ali, vice president of the Indian American Council, said members of the Hindu nationalist group Hindutva have lynched dozens of Muslims in the last five years. “This is a very dangerous trend,” he said. “As members of the Indian diaspora who are living in this very prosperous country we should come together to demand action from Congress.”… The gathering in Dallas was part of a nationwide protest that also included Houston, New York City and Chicago.

The organizers called for the U.S Commission on International Religious Freedom to raise India to the highest level of concern and use trade as leverage to prevent human rights violations in the country. “This is the foundation of our democracy,” said Hadi Jawad, the executive president of the Dallas Peace and Justice Center.…