Traders Hold Protests Against HR Violations

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SRINAGAR — Hundreds of traders Wednesday held a protest rally in Srinagar against the human rights violations by the government forces in response to the call of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL).

The protest was organized by ‘Beopar Mandal Maharaj Gunj’, one of the largest trade bodies in Kashmir. The traders holding placards marched on the streets and staged a sit-in protest in the old city.

The speakers on the occasion said India had waged a war against the people of Kashmir, under which the youth were being targeted mercilessly.  They said human rights violations were at its peak with unabated killings taking place day in and day out.

The participants of the protest appealed to the world community to raise its voice against the ongoing killings, arrest of “innocent youth and harassment of people by the troops under the garb of cordon and search operations.”

Traders’ body, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), also held a protest demonstration at commercial hub Lal Chowk against the “human rights violations” .

Scores of traders assembled in press enclave Lal Chowk and held a demonstration against the “human rights violations” in Kashmir.

Raising anti-government slogans and they held banners which read “Stop Killing Kashmiris”, “Stop Genocide of Kashmiris” and “ Stop Pellet guns”.  Reports said that police detained some of the traders who were leading the protest.

The Joint Resistance Leadership has urged people to observe human rights week starting from December 3. The leadership has also asked the people to hold candlelight vigil.

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