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Valley protest against derogatory film

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Srinagar: Deploring the production of the derogatory film on the life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), Kashmir valley witnessed protest demonstrations, shutdowns and peaceful marches. Protesters also set ablaze government vehicles and torched American and Israeli flags.

Normal life was disrupted across the valley, September 21 following spontaneous shutdowns. Mobile phones and internet services were snapped and strict restrictions imposed on the movement of people as authorities apprehended an escalation in protests.

A complete shutdown was observed, September 18 following a strike call by several organizations including Kashmir Economic Alliance, religious groups, Hurriyat (G), JKLF and Kashmir High Court Bar Association. Strike was also observed, September 21. Protesters clashed with police and CRPF and set ablaze a government vehicle.

Protests also broke out here September 14 with protesters chanting slogans against US and Israel and torched flags of both countries. Separatists were put under house-arrest to prevent them from joining the protests. Protest by High Court Bar Association was led by its president Z A Qureshi.

Expressing strong resentment over the blasphemous movie, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a statement here September 13 said, “Zionists, Christians and Hindus are pursuing a joint agenda against Muslims.”

“Such blasphemous videos will not affect Prophet Mohammad’s (SAW) noble personality. We’ll not allow any American to enter the valley. I appeal to people to protest in a peaceful manner,” said Grand Mufti of Kashmir, Mufti Bashir-ud-din. National Conference spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq said, “We strongly and resolutely denounce this desecrating act.”

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2012 on page no. 10

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