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News ID: 43332
Publish Date: 16:32 - 25 August 2019
TEHRAN, August 25-A prominent pro-independence leader in the Indian-controlled Kashmir has called on people in the disputed region to continue holding “peaceful protests” despite attempts by New Delhi to stifle their voices.

Kashmiri leader calls for peaceful protests, blasts information blockadeTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC) -Syed Ali Shah Geelani said in a statement published on Sunday that Kashmiri locals should continue their demonstrations in a peaceful manner and resist India’s decision to end the region’s special constitutional status.

The chairman of Kashmir's moderate faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) also blasted New Delhi’s strong-arm tactics in the disputed region and stressed that despite attempts to muzzle the voice of Kashmiris, the “blank pages would speak loudly.”

“Not only have they blocked the entire communication systems used by common people since about the beginning of the month, but they have also gagged local reportage and news media without any formal declaration,” Geelani said.

“No news about the brutalities and repression of the Indian armed forces, killings, and arrests of thousands of youth are being published. Common people are unable to know about their kith and kin,” he added.

Geelani went on to say that, “the oppressors might try to hide reality, but history will not spare anyone. The blank pages will speak loudly.”

In his statement, Geelani underscored that Kashmir’s autonomy had been stripped to “change Kashmir’s demography and make it one of India’s colonies.”

source: .theguardian

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