Just another day in Kashmir

Kashmiri Muslims carry Islamic and black flags during a protest march towards Pampore, the home town of slain separatist leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz outside Srinagar on August 16, 2008. Tens of thousands of people shouting freedom slogans massed in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir to mourn 22 protesters killed in police firing during huge demonstrations in the mainly Muslim region. Mourners in scooters, cars, buses, jeeps and trucks streamed to Pampore town, just outside of main city Srinagar, to take part in the outpouring of grief and anger and shouting, “We want freedom” and “Kashmir is ours”.

* “Freedom” has a rather different meaning for those who are forced to live under the burka. The “Kashmir is ours” simply refers to the land stolen from the Hindus who are too afraid to return…

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