Kashmir silenced for Indian Independence Day

India's Independence Day was marked by strikes and heavily-policed streets in Indian-administered Kashmir.

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    1) Concertina wire is layed out by Indian forces across a street in the Lalchowk area of Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, ahead of Indian Independence Day to prevent people holding anti-India or pro-freedom demonstrations [Showkat Shafi]

     

    2) The main commercial centre of Srinagar was shut down in protest on August 15, Indian Independence Day [Showkat Shafi]

     

    3) Kashmiris observed August 15 as a 'black day' [Showkat Shafi]

     

    4) An Indian soldier stands guard outside the Bakshi Stadium, the main venue for India's Independence Day celebrations in Indian-administered Kashmir [Showkat Shafi]

     


    5) Indian soliders erect a road block on a road leading to the Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar [Showkat Shafi]

     


    6) Stringent measures were put in place around Indian army installations and government buildings to thwart any potential attack by those opposed to Indian rule [Showkat Shafi]

     


    7) There are approximately 650,000 Indian troops in Indian-administered Kashmir [Showkat Shafi]

     

    8) Streets were largely empty in the capital [Showkat Shafi]

     

    9) Apart from the Indian soldiers guarding key parts of the city [Showkat Shafi]

     


    10) Most businesses were closed after a faction of the Hurriat Conference asked Kashmiris to observe a complete strike as a way of pushing their demand for self-determination [Showkat Shafi]
    An Indian solider stands guard outside "Bakshi Stadium" main venue of Indias Independence Day celeberations in Srinagar, the capital of Indian Adminstered Kashmir. A day ahead of Indian [Showkat Shafi]

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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