Protests, shutdown in Kashmir against blasphemous US film


Srinagar: Spontaneous protests erupted in capital Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley Tuesday as a strike called against an anti-Islam video evoked a near total response with markets and commercial establishments shut and public transport remaining off the roads.

Young men, chanting ‘Down With USA’ and ‘Death To Israel’ marched through main streets of Srinagar this morning and riot police at most places remained at bay and gave way to angry demonstrators. But in some old city areas and in north Kashmir protesters clashed with police, reports said.

Though Kashmir observed a strike in response to a call for by several religious bodies no one had called for demonstrations.
In most places they were spontaneous.

Call for strike was supported by main pro-freedom leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Shabir Ahmad Shah and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
The local bar association has also supported the protest shutdown.

“Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deployed to maintain order in the city have been ordered to act with restraint while dealing with these protests,” a senior police officer said here.

There have been widespread protests during the last seven days in the Valley against the blasphemous video which depicts the Prophet of Islam in poor light.

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