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Kashmiris Protest Lockdown 2 Weeks After India Scraps Special Status

HeadlineAug 19, 2019

In the disputed region of Kashmir, at least two dozen people were injured and one man killed, according to local reports, as protests took place amid an ongoing lockdown. Indian forces reportedly used tear gas, chili grenades and pellets to disperse the demonstrations, which came almost two weeks after India revoked the special status of the Indian-controlled part of the Muslim-majority region. This is a protester speaking out against conditions in Kashmir

Riyaz Ahmed: “The day is of 24 hours, out of which they ease the movement restriction for half an hour. I am worried about everything, my children and my family.”

Activist Kavita Krishnan, who recently visited Kashmir on a fact-finding mission, said the region is under complete siege and even young children were being arrested as “an act of intimidation.” Pakistan has asked the U.N. Security Council to intervene in the crisis.

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