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    Temple "occupied"-30 armed with bladed weapons-negotiating now-not terrorist attac

    Leamington Spa temple 'occupied' by dozens of armed men, police say

    Warwickshire Police said about 20 or 30 men entered the Gurdwara Sahib, at about 06:45 BST on Sunday.
    Jatinder Singh Birdi, a former treasurer at the temple, said a marriage between a Sikh and non-Sikh couple was due to take place.
    Officers are inside the temple on Tachbrook Drive negotiating with the group.
    Mixed marriages

    A force spokesman said it was being treated as from "the "an aggravated trespass"




    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-37332307


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    Jatinder Singh Birdi, a former treasurer at the temple, said a marriage between a Sikh and non-Sikh couple was due to take place.
    Officers are inside the temple on Tachbrook Drive negotiating with the group.
    A force spokesman said it was being treated as "an aggravated trespass" from "the escalation of a local dispute" and was not a terror incident.

    A police cordon is currently in force around the temple while officers and religious leaders try to end the stand-off.
    Mr Birdi said mixed marriages has been a contentious issue in the local Sikh community, with a minority opposing using the temple for such services.
    Quote for context from http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-c...shire-37332307

    Just want to also point out that Sikhs are most definitely not Muslims. They are often mistaken as such.

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    That is why I put not a terrosrist attack in header!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Eloise View Post
    Quote for context from http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-c...shire-37332307

    Just want to also point out that Sikhs are most definitely not Muslims. They are often mistaken as such.

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    Sorry Cariis I wasn't clear enough, but I didn't mean you. I just meant generally speaking it's a common misconception.

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    Leamington Spa temple occupied by armed men in protest 'against marriage of Sikh and Muslim'

    'There have been tensions that have been going on for a couple of years'

    Some 30 masked men have occupied the entrance to a Sikh temple in Leamington Spa in what appears to be a protest against an interfaith marriage between a Sikh and a Muslim.

    Warwickshire Police described the men as having “bladed items”, in what is believed to be a reference to the ceremonial daggers carried by Sikh men.

    Armed police have set up a cordon around the entrance to the gurdwara on Tachbrook Drive, and religious leaders are involved in negotiations to end the standoff.

    A group identifying itself as Sikh Youth Birmingham posted a video on Facebook apparently from inside the temple, showing men sat on the floor, many with hoods up, chanting and raising placards.

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    I think it looks like it's over

    Shehnaz Khan ‏@shehnazkhan 3m3 minutes ago
    Police presence has been lifted and people are exiting and entering the Sikh Temple as normal. Crowds also been dispersed #LeamingtonSpa

    Shehnaz Khan ‏@shehnazkhan 7m7 minutes ago
    Roads have now been reopened after police were called to a protest at a Sikh temple in Leamington Spa

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    http://globalnews.ca/news/2933096/si...ed-men-police/

    Police arrested 55 people and seized bladed weapons after dozens of men occupied a Sikh temple in central England on Sunday. A Sikh youth group said it was protesting the temple’s use for interfaith weddings.
    The Warwickshire Police force said officers were called early Sunday morning to the Gurdwara Sahib Leamington and Warwick temple in Leamington Spa, a town 100 miles (160 kilometres) northwest of London.
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    Based on the video it does appear to be a peaceful protest - has anything been said about brandishing the weapons or threatening anyone?




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