Blasphemy Rage: Protests On In North, South

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Srinagar, Sep 22: Clashes erupted in Baramulla and Anantnag on Saturday again, even as sporadic protests continued in Kashmir for the tenth day over an anti-Islam film made in the US.
Stone-pelters forced a shutdown in Baramulla areas as shops began to open this morning after yesterday’s shutdown, reports said.

The groups of youth had taken to streets decrying the arrest of a local, Abdul Qayoom Najjar, who had been arrested by the police during street battles the previous day.

Violent crowds appeared on Tehsil Road, main market, and several other localities, targeting parked vehicles and shops.

Police and paramilitary squads moved in to chase the demonstrators away with cane charges, leading to clashes that continued for most of the day.

Reports said that business and traffic resumed in several of the areas in the afternoon.

In Anantnag, groups of youth appeared in Janglat Mandi, Lassibal, Mattan Chowk and several adjoining localities, pelting stones at traffic and shops, reports said.
Markets in these areas reopened after midday, reports said.

In Srinagar, students in Nawa Kadal schools marched in the neighbourhood decrying the US and Israel over an anti-Islam film that has sparked off furore across the Muslim world.

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