People took to the streets in occupied Kashmir on Friday as resistance leaders called for protest despite stringent curfew as well as other restrictions implemented to prevent the march from reaching the United Nations military observers’ office in the capital’s Sonawar area.
According to international media, however, violent clashes erupted between the demonstrators chanting against India’s illegal occupation of Kashmir and its aggression in the valley and security forces sent by New Delhi in Soura.
data from the Kashmir’s two main hospitals shows indicates that at least 152 people have suffered injuries from tear gas and pellets in the disputed Himalayan region ever since India’s sweeping crackdown.
A local government official in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the number of injured was probably higher than the figures from the two hospitals.
The clashes occurred after the Friday prayers, with Indian soldiers using pellet gun shells and tear gas at the protesters. The Kashmiri folks, on the other hand, were only using stones and rocks at the security forces.
It was primarily aimed to push back against the illegal occupation, Indian soldiers’ violence, and resist New Delhi’s efforts to change the regional demography. People also marched to demand the global fraternity to take serious notice over the genocide being committed by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.
The protest, which started shortly after noon as people started to congregate after the prayers, had commenced peacefully and went on for at least a couple of hours.
It only turned violent when Indian soldiers tried to gain access through a street on the side and the demonstrators pushed them back.