Valley Protests Continue For 2nd Day

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Srinagar – Protests against a derogatory film about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) continued for the second day in the Valley on Saturday, with lawyers and students joining in to vent anger at the US and Israel.

Over a dozen persons, including several policemen, were injured as violence broke out in the Kupwara and the Baramulla districts during which law-enforces rounded up at least six demonstrators.

In Srinagar, students from the SP College and the SP Higher Secondary School took out a protest march in the central city denouncing the insulting film said to have originated in the United States.

Students took to the streets in anger in the old city as well.

The marchers carried placards with messages against Israel and the US.

Chanting slogans against the two countries, the students weaved their way through busy thoroughfare venting anger at the portrayal in the film.

Several students who talked to the press said that the US and Israel did not want to live in peace with the Islamic world.

“This is the reason they resort to such obscene acts and plots,” they said.

“The hatch conspiracies to spark off violence in the entire Muslim world,” they said.

Restive at nine local youth having been picked up by the police the previous night, the northern township of Baramulla flared up with fresh protests this morning.

Students of the local degree college emerged in a procession marching through various town markets in a bid to reach the main square.

But contingents of police and paramilitary forces restricted the march to the Khwaja Bagh area.

Intent on pressing on, the students turned violent and pelted stones on the forces when the latter refused to give way.

A number of students were taken into custody in the clashes while half-a-dozen were injured.

Protests also broke out in the Kashmir University’s north campus in the town.

Anti-US protests were reported from the frontier district of Kupwara also where marchers emerged from the Jamia Qadeem, By-Pass, and Iqbal Market areas, clashing with police and the paramilitary forces.

Law enforces resorted to tear gas shelling to disperse violent demonstrators.

In the afternoon, lawyers took out a procession from the sessions court complex and held a sit-in before the deputy commissioner’s office after marching through various localities.

Shops and businesses remained closed in the Pattu Shahi area of Lolab in the Kupwara district where locals are protesting against a film screened by the army.

Students emerged from the Higher Secondary School in Harri, and the degree college in Handwara, both processions passing off peacefully.

Lawyer marched in protest in the frontier Bandipur town as well.

In central Kashmir, protesting locals torched US and Israeli flags, and set fire to an effigy of the American president.

Lawyers took out a peaceful march in the southern township of Kulgam Observer News Service

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