US lawmakers condemn 'vile' Indian Consulate arson attempt
Several lawmakers in the United States condemned the attempted arson and violent rhetoric aimed at Indian diplomats, including the Ambassador of India to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
US Congressmen Shri Thanedar, Rich McCormick and Brian Fitzpatrick, from Michigan 13th district, Georgia's 6th Congressional district and Pennsylnania's 1st Congressional district respectively, took to Twitter to register their outrage at attempts by pro-Khalistani elements to "instil terror". A group of Khalistan radicals, on July 2, tried to set the Indian consulate in San Francisco on fire.
US Congressman Shri Thanedar criticised the incident in a strong-worded tweet.
McCormick termed the attack on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco as 'unacceptable'.
He tweeted, "This attack on the Indian consulate in San Francisco is vile and unacceptable. Americans stand by our allies and our patriotic Indian-American community."
The attempted arson attack on the Indian Consulate by pro-Khalistanis and their ensuing rally on July 8 was also condemned by the co-chairs of India Caucus, saying free speech is not a license to provoke violence.
Co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India, Ro Khanna and Michael Waltz, in a press release, said, "As the co-chairs of the India Caucus, we strongly condemn the attempted arson and vandalism at the Indian Consulate in San Francisco and the posters circulating on social media with violent rhetoric aimed at Indian diplomats, including Ambassador Sandhu."
They also appealed to the US State Department to investigate the damage and take necessary action.