- Title: Most schools remain shut as Kashmir still in lockdown
- Date: 19th August 2019
- Summary: SRINAGAR, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA (AUGUST 19, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF VEHICLES IN A MARKET AREA AMID SHUT SHOPS TOP OF A BUILDING DESERTED SRINAGAR'S LAL CHOWK AREA AS SEEN THROUGH BARBED WIRES VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF A SCHOOL (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) A SRINAGAR RESIDENT, NIZAR AHMED, SAYING: "They are asking us to send our children to school. This is all for the eyes of the world. How do we send our children to schools in a situation like this? There has been a curfew-like situation in the city. Even now, the situation is no better." VARIOUS OF ARMED SOLDIERS IN RIOT GEAR MONITORING TRAFFIC MOVEMENT
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- Keywords: India Jammu and Kashmir shutdown Article 370 Pakistan protests schools
- Location: SRINAGAR, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA
- City: SRINAGAR, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
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- Story Text: Srinagar city of India's northern Jammu and Kashmir is still facing severe movement restrictions on Monday (August 19) morning despite government's order to reopen schools and offices.
Few vehicles were seen plying in the city as markets remained shut amid tight security and most schools wore a deserted look.
Residents said that although government has ordered reopening of schools, it is for mere show as they were still worried to send their children to schools as long as the situation doesn't improve.
Srinagar and many other parts of Jammu and Kashmir have been facing a clampdown for 15 days after the federal government of India announced revoking of its special status by abrogating Article 370 and 35A.
Authorities say the lockdown and the detention of hundreds of local leaders aim to prevent widespread protests in the region, which is also claimed by neighboring Pakistan. However, the administration has said that the government schools will remain open in other parts of Kashmir.
India has battled a 30-year revolt in Jammu and Kashmir in which at least 50,000 people have been killed. Critics say the decision to revoke the region's autonomy will cause further alienation and fuel the armed resistance.
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