NEW YORK —
A Midtown Manhattan celebration of a Hindu temple being constructed on disputed floor in India introduced polarized teams into Instances Sq., the place supporters of the landmark mission had been flanked by protesters calling it an offense to Muslims.
Movies posted on-line present Hindu celebrators wearing yellow and orange, waiving flags, dancing, singing and chanting Wednesday night.
Protesters organized beneath the identify the Coalition to Cease Genocide in India held indicators on the sides of the celebration studying, “BJP is Islamophobia,” referring to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling get together.
Modi participated within the groundbreaking for the Hindu temple, which might be constructed the place the Babri Masjid mosque stood, on Wednesday within the northeastern Indian metropolis of Ayodhya. The mosque was destroyed by Hindu hard-liners in 1992, sparking communal violence that left some 2,000 individuals useless.
Hindus consider the deity Ram was born on the website and say the Mughal Emperor Babur constructed a mosque on prime of a temple there.
The organizers of the temple celebration in Instances Sq. paid for billboards displaying the deliberate Ayodhya temple, pictures the deity Ram and the Indian flag.
A coalition of advocacy organizations — together with Muslim, human rights, anti-fascist and secular teams — requested advertisers to not present the pictures of the deliberate temple and known as on New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio to intervene.
The Mayor’s Neighborhood Affairs Unit was in contact with the authors of the letter, the mayor’s press workplace stated in an electronic mail despatched in response to questions.
“Each teams had been free to train their first modification rights, and did so peacefully,” on Wednesday night time, the mayor’s press workplace stated.