Last Updated on February 9, 2021
An Indian nationalist group burned images of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece, Meena Harris, and left-wing environmental activist Greta Thunberg, after the two individuals endorsed the ongoing Soros-backed protest movement in India.
The nationalist United Hindu Front, which supports the government of India, burned images of Harris and Thunberg after they vocally promoted the violent protest movement on Twitter.
Harris had falsely claimed “democracy is under assault” in India, after the democratically-elected conservative government of India attempted to pass agricultural reform legislation.
“Weird to see a photo of yourself burned by an extremist mob,” wrote Harris, who is descended from Indians. “Imagine what they would do if we lived in India.”
Weird to see a photo of yourself burned by an extremist mob but imagine what they would do if we lived in India. I'll tell you—23 yo labor rights activist Nodeep Kaur was arrested, tortured & sexually assaulted in police custody. She's been detained without bail for over 20 days. pic.twitter.com/Ypt2h1hWJz
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) February 5, 2021
She compared the agricultural bill to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, and described the two situations as “related”, before claiming that there was “paramilitary violence” in India against left-wing, anti-government protesters.
It’s no coincidence that the world’s oldest democracy was attacked not even a month ago, and as we speak, the most populous democracy is under assault. This is related. We ALL should be outraged by India’s internet shutdowns and paramilitary violence against farmer protesters. https://t.co/yIvCWYQDD1 pic.twitter.com/DxWWhkemxW
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) February 2, 2021
On her part, Thunberg stated that she stands “in solidarity” with the protests, which have devolved into rioting in recent weeks.
She also shared a “toolkit”, which appeared to contain canned talking points that had been distributed to influential Twitter personalities on the situation in India. The exposure of this toolkit, which she initially deleted and then reposted an edited version of, provoked a heavy backlash from patriotic Indians, including an investigation by Indian authorities into its origin.
“[The probe into the toolkit] has revealed a lot… will have to wait and see what else comes out,” said Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, hinting that nefarious forces were behind it.
In February 2020, George Soros announced he was launching a $1 billion initiative to “fight nationalism” globally, and named his key targets as U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Leading Democrats in the United States also expressed their support for the protests and opposition to the Indian government’s response to them.
“Solidarity with all the farmers across India protesting for their livelihood,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). “India must protect their basic democratic rights, allow for the free flow of information, reinstate internet access, and release all the journalists detained for covering the protests.
Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) also said she was “concerned by the reported actions against peaceful demonstrators protesting new agricultural reform laws in India”.