Soleimani’s Assassination Sparks Protests In Kashmir

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Kashmiri shia Muslims carry out a protest at Magam in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district against the killing of a Top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani by US forces on Friday. Photo: Abid Bhat / KO

SRINAGAR – Thousands of people on Friday staged a strong protest in parts of Valley against the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by the US forces in an air raid.

Hundreds of people, mostly from the Shia community hit the streets in Budgam and Magam townships of central Kashmir this morning after the news spread that Quds Force Commander has been killed in a in a US air raid at Baghdad’s international airport at dawn, witnesses told Kashmir Observer.

Carrying placards that read “Down with Israel” and “Down with the US”, angry protesters were shouting anti-US and anti-Israel slogans. Some of the protesters were also seen carrying pictures of the slain General, witnesses said.

Kashmiri shia Muslims carry out a protest at Magam chowk  in central Kashmir’s Budgam district against the killing of a Top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani by US forces on Friday. Photo: Abid Bhat / KO

Hundreds of protesters also assembled at central market Budgam and staged a peaceful demonstration to mourn the death of iconic Iranian General. The demonstration organised by Al-Mehdi foundation continued for several hours.

An anti-US, anti-Israel rally was also taken out in the Magam Township of the district. The protesters chanting anti-America slogans, condemned the brutal killing of Soleimani.

“We organised the protest against the US hegemony and their aggression in Baghdad. They carry out strikes anywhere without any reason and put the lives of people in danger. We are against the US’ state terrorism,” the organisers told Kashmir Observer.

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