Louise Dunne in Srinagar

From Radio Netherlands: “A New Generation of Struggle…

“Young Kashmiri men have taken to the streets, pelting the police with stones, as the security forces struggle to contain protests reminiscent of the Palestinian Intifada.”

“The current crackdown on Facebook users is allegedly centred in Anantnag district, where police are accused of shooting three young men during protests last month. Grainy and shaky images of the blood-spattered bodies were uploaded – and attracted the ire of the Indian authorities.”

“India is wary of the new technology and its ability to foment protests – as was seen during demonstrations in Iran following disputed elections last year. Parvez points out that it suits the Indian government for Kashmiris to remain isolated. “They’re always trying to tell the world that this is an Islamic insurgency,” he says, “and of course there’s no sympathy in the world for militant activity. The government of India would like the world to believe that these protests are instigated by Pakistan.””

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