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Millions of Muslims demand freedom from India
By:Manohar Kunji, India
Date: Friday, 31 January 2020, 10:52 pm

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Millions of Muslims demand freedom from India

1. Various of paramilitary soldiers standing guard near United Nations office

2. Various of protesters marching towards UN office; chanting pro-freedom slogans

3. Wide of Chairman Moderate Faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference ( APHC ) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on top of vehicle (wearing brown cap)

4. Wide of Chairman of Hardline Faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani on top of vehicle (wearing black waistcoat and brown cap )

5. Various of protesters marching towards UN office chanting pro-freedom slogans

6. Wide of protesters on top of vehicle chanting

7. Various of members of lawyers association handing over memorandum to UN officials (UN officials not in picture)

8. Protesters outside UN office

9. Various of police; protesters chanting pro-freedom slogans

STORYLINE:

Tens of thousands of Muslims marched through Indian- administered Kashmir's main city on Monday and gathered in front of U.N. offices demanding freedom from India and intervention by the world body.

Hundreds of trucks and buses overflowing with protesters - some sitting on roofs and hanging out of windows - made their way across Kashmir to Srinagar for the protest.

Demonstrators tore down a barbed wire fence that authorities erected on roads leading to the U.N. offices and chanted "Down with India" and "Long live Pakistan."

Thousands of police and paramilitary forces in riot gear patrolled the streets, but no violence was reported.

Masarat Aalam, a prominent separatist, said leaders would deliver a petition to the U.N. office in Srinagar citing human rights violations by Indian authorities and requesting U.N. intervention.

Organisers said the protest was the largest against Indian rule since unrest sharply escalated two months ago.

At least 34 people have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in the unrest, which has pitted Muslims against the region's Hindu minority.

The crisis began in June with a dispute over land near a Hindu shrine.

Muslims held protests complaining that a state government plan to transfer 99 acres (40 hectares) to a Hindu trust to build facilities for pilgrims near the shrine was actually a settlement plan meant to alter the religious balance in the region.

The unrest has since intensified anti-Indian feelings in Kashmir, unleashed pent-up tensions between Kashmir's Muslims and Hindus, and threatened to snap the bonds between India and its only Muslim-majority state.

A subsequent decision by the state government to scrap the plan angered the region's Hindus. At least two Hindus have killed themselves in protest.

There is a long history of separatist movements in Indian-controlled Kashmir, but most were peaceful until 1989 when a rebellion began.

An estimated 68,000 people have been killed in the conflict that has pitted Indian government troops against separatist guerillas.

India accuses Pakistan of aiding the insurgents - a charge Pakistan denies. The separatists seek Indian-controlled Kashmir's independence.

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Millions of Muslims demand freedom from India
Manohar Kunji, India -- Friday, 31 January 2020, 10:52 pm
Re: Millions of Muslims demand freedom from India
Dr Shabbir, Florida -- Friday, 31 January 2020, 10:56 pm
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Sidqi.ca -- Saturday, 1 February 2020, 4:26 am