No Strike Today: Geelani

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Thursday called for a complete shutdown on November 25 against ‘election drama’ in district Ganderbal and Bandipora and stressed people to register their protest against ‘manipulated elections, highhandedness of authorities and fresh arrest spree.’

He also said there will be no strike on Friday (November 21). Geelani had earlier asked for complete shutdown to oppose the visit of Prime Minister Narinder Modi on Friday.

In a statement Geelani while ridiculing elections said, “It is an operation conducted under the shadow of gun and youth and political activists are being harassed and detained by police and other agencies.”

Blaming police and armed forces for ‘arbitrary’ measures against civilians, he said, “With fresh arrest spree, nocturnal raids and detaining resistant leaders the forces and their agencies have created a reign of terror and people are being harassed and subjected to torture. State authorities have waged a war against civilians and youths and since last 67 years the unabated arrests, killings, torture and torching properties have become a routine for administration and its forces.”

“They mercilessly massacred our people and during this entire period more than two lakh people were brutally killed and despite all this they failed to break our resolve,” he alleged.

“The arbitrary measures and arrests cannot deter us from pursuing our struggle against forced occupation, tyrant rulers and their forces and cannot break resolve of pro-freedom leaders, instead it will boost their spirit and courage. They have forcibly occupied Jammu and Kashmir and history stands testimony that no power on earth can subjugate any nation for long,” he alleged.

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