In their biggest anti-government rally since the Komagata Maru incident of 1914, thousands of Indo-Canadians forced authorities to stop the deportation of a paralysed Sikh.
Laibar Singh, a failed refugee claimant who had entered Canada on a forged passport in 2003 and become paralysed last year, was ordered last week to be deported Monday at 2.30 p.m.
But about 3,000 Indo-Canadians, along with some Pakistanis, Chinese, and people of European origin surrounded the car carrying Singh at Vancouver International Airport and denied the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) access to him.
CBSA agents were to take Singh in their care before handing him over to the immigration authorities to put him on board a Cathay Pacific flight to New Delhi via Hong Kong.
But fearing angry protesters shouting slogans against the Tory government and threatening to boycott the airline, CBSA officials decided not to approach the car carrying Singh and allowed him to temporarily stay in Canada.