Srinagar 31 Aug: While millions of Muslims around the world are busy celebrating Eid Al-Fitr, here in Indian controlled Kashmir thousands took to the streets immediately after the Eid prayers demanding independence from India rule.
People chanted pro independence slogans and tried to march the streets of summer capital Srinagar of Indian controlled Kashmir. Bur police used tear gas shells and live ammunition shots in air to disperse them. Later the protesters retaliated by hurling stones.
People reiterated their full support to what they called Kashmir freedom movement. The head cleric and the top pro independence leader of Kashmir Mirwaiz Umer Farooq addressed the gathering.
The head cleric added people of Kashmir cannot celebrate any Eid till Kashmir issue is resolved and people responsible for the killings will be brought to justice.
On the eve of Eid Al-Fitr the pro independence groups of Kashmir also expressed their hope for what they called Kashmir’s freedom struggle.
Authorities in Indian controlled Kashmir said precautionary measures have been adopted across the valley to avert any rallies.
Over the past two decades, nearly 50000 people have been killed in Kashmir, the area divided between India and Pakistan. Several resolutions have also been passed by the UN, however the Kashmir issue has not been resolved to this date.
Kashmiris say by holding rallies on the day of Muslim festival of Eid Al-Fitr they want to show their frustration at unfulfilled promises, but they are still hopeful about future.From PressTV
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SRINAGAR: Thousands of demonstrators on Wednesday staged noisy anti-India protests in revolt-hit Kashmir after prayers to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramazan.
Thousands of Muslims poured into the streets, shouting, “We want freedom!” and “Allah is great,” after offering Eid prayers in the northern town of Sopore, about an hour’s drive from Srinagar.
The protests were led by separatist Syed Ali Geelani following prayers for the Muslim Eidul Fitr festival.
Geelani addressed a huge gathering in Sopore’s main square, urging India to end its “occupation of Kashmir”.
“People of India are our brothers. We have no animosity towards them. We only urge India to end its occupation of Kashmir,” Geelani said, as mainly young Kashmiri men chanted: “Go India, go back!”
Sopore was once the bastion of pro-Pakistan militants but in recent years the guerrilla presence has lessened following the start of a peace process between India and Pakistan.