Protests erupt in IOK against abrogation of special status » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, August 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, large number of people defying stringent restrictions took to the streets in Srinagar and other places of the territory to protest against the Indian government’s decision to abrogate the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Protests erupted today soon after Friday prayers against the revocation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. The protesters including young and old were chanting slogans against India and in favour of freedom. They marched along the lanes of Srinagar and other areas, carrying black flags — signifying grief — and placards with slogans including “Go India, go back”, “We want freedom”, “Stop Genocide in Kashmir, Wake Up World,”. Indian police and paramilitary forces resorted to teargas shelling and pellet firing to disperse the demonstrators resulting in injuries to many people.

Protesters hurled stones and used shop hoardings and tin sheets as improvised shields, as police also shot dozens of rounds into the crowd. “We are trying to breach the siege and march to the city centre but police is using force to stop us,” one protester told a foreign news agency in Srinagar.

“We want what is ours. We are not begging for anything but demand India should respect its promises,” a second protester told the foreign media. “We will not sit back until we achieve complete independence from India,” he said.

Occupied Kashmir has been under unprecedented lockdown since August 5 with all the communication networks remaining inaccessible. Thousands of Indian forces have been deployed all across the territory to prevent anti-India demonstrations in the aftermath of the revocation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The forces have erected steep barricades and used concertina wires to block roads. However, anger on the streets is visible everywhere.


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