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Thousands march in Indian Kashmir; police attacked

 Kashmiri protesters pick up stones to throw at government soldiers during a protest after Friday prayers in Srinagar, India, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. ...
 Kashmiris shout slogans during a protest after Friday prayers in Srinagar, India, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. The mostly Muslim Himalayan region has been...
 Key separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, center right, and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik, center left, hold hands and raise...
 Key separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, seated center atop car, and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik, seated front left, gest...
 An elderly Kashmiri Muslim cries as he offers Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Musl...
 Kashmiri Muslims shout slogans during a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired warning sh...
 Kashmiri Muslim crowd rooftops and balconies as they participate in a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11,...
 Kashmiri Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Eid al-Fitr festival marks the end of the Muslim holy fastin...
 A Kashmiri Muslim boy stands among elders offering Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Eid al-Fitr festival marks the e...
 Firefighters try to douse flames at a government building set on fire by protesters in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired warnin...
 Indian policemen stand guard near an upturned police vehicle after it was attacked by protesters after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturd...
 Kashmiri Muslims shout slogans during a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired warning sh...
 Kashmiri Muslim boys hold Islamic flags as they shout slogans during a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11...
 Kashmiri Muslims participate in a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired warning shots an...
 Two Kashmiri boys dressed as Arabs shout slogans as they join a rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police ...
 Kashmiri protesters wave a flag as they stand atop the landmark clock tower in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired warning shots ...
 Kashmiri Muslims jump over a fence from to join a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired ...
 Kashmiri protesters cheer as others climb the landmark clock tower during a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sep...
 Kashmiri protesters wave flags on the landmark clock tower during a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2...
 Kashmiris hold hands and raise them up during a rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired warning sh...
 Indian forces patrol as flames rise from a government building set on fire by protesters in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired w...
 Kashmiris mourn near the graves of two protesters killed by government forces during the recent uprising against Indian rule, at Martyr's Graveyard i...

India Kashmir Violence

Kashmiri protesters pick up stones to throw at government soldiers during a protest after Friday prayers in Srinagar, India, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. ...

India Kashmir Violence

Kashmiris shout slogans during a protest after Friday prayers in Srinagar, India, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. The mostly Muslim Himalayan region has been...

India Kashmir Violence

Key separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, center right, and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik, center left, hold hands and raise...

India Kashmir Violence

Key separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, seated center atop car, and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik, seated front left, gest...

APTOPIX India Kashmir Eid al Fitr

An elderly Kashmiri Muslim cries as he offers Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Musl...

India Kashmir Violence

Kashmiri Muslims shout slogans during a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired warning sh...

APTOPIX India Kashmir Violence

Kashmiri Muslim crowd rooftops and balconies as they participate in a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11,...

India Kashmir Eid al Fitr

Kashmiri Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Eid al-Fitr festival marks the end of the Muslim holy fastin...

India Kashmir Eid al Fitr

A Kashmiri Muslim boy stands among elders offering Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Eid al-Fitr festival marks the e...

India Kashmir Violence

Firefighters try to douse flames at a government building set on fire by protesters in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired warnin...

India Kashmir Violence

Indian policemen stand guard near an upturned police vehicle after it was attacked by protesters after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturd...

India Kashmir Violence

Kashmiri Muslims shout slogans during a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired warning sh...

India Kashmir Violence

Kashmiri Muslim boys hold Islamic flags as they shout slogans during a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11...

India Kashmir Violence

Kashmiri Muslims participate in a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired warning shots an...

India Kashmir Violence

Two Kashmiri boys dressed as Arabs shout slogans as they join a rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police ...

India Kashmir Violence

Kashmiri protesters wave a flag as they stand atop the landmark clock tower in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired warning shots ...

India Kashmir Violence

Kashmiri Muslims jump over a fence from to join a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired ...

India Kashmir Violence

Kashmiri protesters cheer as others climb the landmark clock tower during a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sep...

India Kashmir Violence

Kashmiri protesters wave flags on the landmark clock tower during a protest rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2...

India Kashmir Violence

Kashmiris hold hands and raise them up during a rally after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired warning sh...

APTOPIX India Kashmir Violence

Indian forces patrol as flames rise from a government building set on fire by protesters in Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Police fired w...

India Kashmir Violence

Kashmiris mourn near the graves of two protesters killed by government forces during the recent uprising against Indian rule, at Martyr's Graveyard i...

Police fired warning shots and tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who attacked a police post in Kashmir on Saturday, as tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest Indian rule in the Himalayan region, officials said.
No injuries were reported in the brief clash between security forces and protesters near the Hazrat Bal shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir's main city, after prayers Saturday, a police officer said.
Tens of thousands of people held protest marches across Indian Kashmir, the officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.
Kashmiri Muslims celebrated the Eid al-Fitr festival Saturday, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
After leading a special prayer, separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq asked worshippers to march in Srinagar. Carrying green flags, thousands of people chanted: "We want freedom. Go India, Go Back."
The mostly Muslim region has seen near-daily anti-government demonstrations and clashes between protesters and security forces in the past three months.
At least 69 people _ mostly teenage boys and young men in their 20s _ have been killed in the protests against control of the region by predominantly Hindu India.
Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both. Protesters reject Indian rule and want independence or a merger with predominantly Muslim Pakistan.
The current unrest in Indian Kashmir is reminiscent of the late 1980s, when protests against New Delhi's rule sparked an armed conflict that has so far killed more than 68,000 people, mostly civilians.


Updated : 2020-12-02 16:05 GMT+08:00