Sunday, April 13, 2008

Most politicians skip this year's Sikh parade

SURREY, B.C. — Few politicians attended a Sikh celebration in B.C's lower mainland Saturday after organizers again displayed photos of militants who they consider martyrs.

The parade, held in Surrey, marks the Sikh new year and usually attracts a bevy of politicians from all levels of government.

Those who attended last year's event faced political embarrassment because a photo of Air India bombing mastermind Talwinder Singh Parmar was displayed on a float.

Last week, Surrey city officials sent letters to politicians warning them this year's edition would again include controversial images.

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