More deaths as protests widen: Aijaz Hussain

From Canadian Press: “Massive anti-India Protests after troops kill 2

“Tens of thousands of Kashmiri Muslims held widespread protests in the Indian portion of the disputed Himalayan region on Friday, angered by the killing of two people in firing by government forces.

Residents staged protest marches after Friday noon prayers and clashes erupted in some places where security forces tried to stop them, a police officer said.

It was the latest round of two months of unrest in Indian-controlled Kashmir in which at least 62 people have died — mostly protesters hit by security forces’ gunfire.

On Friday, a 28-year-old man was killed and two others injured when the police fired on rock-throwing protesters in the southern town of Bijbehara, the officer said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak with media.

Thousands more joined in the anti-India protests after the shooting, the officer said.”

“In Srinagar, thousands of people thronged the markets, and authorities removed steel barricades and razor wires from the roads to enable people to buy food and other items.

But after noon prayers, the city saw street protests. Rock-throwing protesters clashed with police and paramilitary soldiers who fired warning shots in air and tear gas to disperse them. No casualties were immediately reported.

“India has unleashed a reign of terror in Kashmir and has violated all human rights,” said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a key separatist leader who led a march in Srinagar. “But New Delhi must know it cannot break our aspiration for independence.”

From Montreal Gazette: “Anti-India Protests Spread in Kashmir

“Indian police opened fire at thousands of people demonstrating against Indian rule on Friday, killing at least two people, as protests across Kashmir showed no sign of abating, police said.

At least 61 people, mostly stone-throwing protesters, have been killed over the past two months, when Muslim-majority Kashmir has seen the largest pro-independence demonstrations in two years.

The killings of civilians have fuelled anger in disputed Kashmir, a region where sentiments against New Delhi’s rule run deep but militants violence is waning.”

“An over two-month-long separatist strike and security lockdown has kept the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley on the boil, shutting down much of a region where tens of thousands of people have been killed since an insurgency broke out in 1989.”

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