- Title: Thousands protest in Britain for Kashmir outside Indian High Commission
- Date: 15th August 2019
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 15, 2019) (REUTERS) MAN WAVING YELLOW AND GREEN FLAG OF AZAD KASHMIR PROTESTERS CHANTING / POLICE BEHIND BARRIERS MAN WITH LOUDSPEAKER SHOUTING (English) 'Modi is...â€ CROWD SHOUTING (English) "Terrorist" / PROTEST OUTSIDE INDIA HOUSE WITH AZAD KASHMIR FLAGS RED SMOKE FROM FLARE LET OFF IN CROWD YELLOW AND GREEN FLAG OF AZAD KASHMIR WOMEN CHANTING / PROTESTERS POLICE ON HORSES / PROTESTERS WITH PLACARD READING (English) "VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS." SOUNDBITE (English) CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST FROM MANCHESTER, DR. SORAYA KHAN, SAYING: "I was born and raised the valley of Kashmir. I lost my father two months ago. I have no knowledge of the welfare of my mother, who is not very well and this is the plight of thousands of families there. There is no internet, there is no telecommunications. The whole population has been cut off from the rest of the world and armed men are deployed on every street, in every other way to create terror and fear in the local population. Schools are indefinitely closed. Colleges are indefinitely closed. Army is being deployed in school buildings. What is the intention of India? The valley has been pushed into the Stone Age 50 years ago, where we have no knowledge of the welfare of our relatives." SOUNDBITE (English) WORKS IN OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE IN LONDON, DR. BATOOL (FULL NAME NOT GIVEN), SAYING: "We don't even know whether they're alive of not. I was there last week. I had to run away from that place. We had to walk to the airport. I don't know. My uncle is a cancer patient. He is due to have surgery on Monday. He has no transport. The basic necessities - we don't have them. There is no ambulance services, no fire services, no transport. My nephews, nieces, they are over there - they are without food. My parents even don't know that I'm back in England, I couldn't contact them. The Indian government is lying that everything is normal over there. If it's normal, let the people come on the streets. Let them celebrate their Independence Day. Why isn't that happening? Why is it an open prison over there?" SOUNDBITE (English) DIRECTOR OF THE OXFORD ISLAMIC INFORMATION CENTRE, DR. SHEIKH RAMZY, SAYING: "It is totally wrong, totally wrong to capture the country. Totally wrong to occupy the country. It's going to be a second Palestine. It's going to be many people dying, and unfortunately the two countries are nuclear. And one of them just has to do something stupid, they can destroy the whole world. Therefore what we need to do here is to be level headed. And Boris Johnson can do a lot. Donald Trump can do a lot. Antonio Guterres, the head of United Nations can do a lot. These are the people who have to come together. They have to come together and talk and talk and talk, and bring peace and prosperity to Kashmir. Over 70 years, 283,000 people got murdered, raped, got destroyed, and enough is enough, they have to stop. And by the grace of God the have to bring freedom for Kashmir and all together make once and for all a solution for Kashmir to be free. Free, free Kashmir." VARIOUS OF FLAGS/PROTEST
- Embargoed: 29th August 2019 14:48
- Keywords: Kashmir protest London High Commission central London India Pakistan
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001ASBXHZB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Thousands of people, many waving the flags of Pakistan and the area of Kashmir it administers, protested outside the Indian High Commission in London on Thursday (August 15) in support of the disputed Himalayan region.
India's decision to revoke special status for its portion of Kashmir, along with a communications blackout and curbs on movement, caused fury in Pakistan, which cut trade and transport links and expelled India's envoy in retaliation.
In London, protesters carried banners and let off flares.
Police were keeping a small counter-demonstration apart from the main protest.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered an Independence Day speech on Thursday that spotlighted his decision to remove the special rights of Kashmir among the bold moves of his second term.
Many of the London protesters had come to the capital from other English cities on specially chartered buses.
"Schools are indefinitely closed. Colleges are indefinitely closed. Army is being deployed in school buildings. What is the intention of India?" said one protester, Dr. Soraya Khan, who had come from Manchester for the protest. "The valley has been pushed into the Stone Age 50 years ago... We have no knowledge of the welfare of our families."
(Production: Gerry Mey, Iona Serrapica, Jonathan Shenfield)
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