Sikh Community Rallies Against Ban of Religious Symbols

January 17, 2004

Source: BBC News

On January 17, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Hectic preparations are being made every day at the Gurdwara for chalking out a battle plan. Everyday, after school, students gather at the gurdwara to make banners for street demonstrations. One banner reads: 'Notre foi est non negotiable' (Our faith is non-negotiable). Another says 'Turban, Voile, Kippa ou Croix, laissez nous le choix' ('Turban, Scarf, Kippa or Cross, leave the choice to us'). Chain Singh [a leader of the Sikh community in France and president of the Gurdwara Singh Sabha, a Sikh temple located in the north-eastern Parisian suburb of Bobigny] and other Sikh leaders are also trying to have meetings with President Jacques Chirac and government ministers. And at the end of January, the Sikh community here is holding a rally to which they hope Sikhs from all around the world will come."