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Protesters clash with police in Srinagar

Security personnel stand guard in Srinagar on Friday, August 16.

Security personnel stand guard in Srinagar on Friday, August 16.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The clashes broke out after several thousand people rallied in the Soura locality of Srinagar.

Hundreds of protesters in Srinagar clashed with police on August 16, who responded with tear gas shells and pellet-firing shotguns, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

The clashes broke out after several thousand people rallied in Srinagar, where a security lockdown entered its 12th straight day after the abrogation of Article 370 and the reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir.

No injuries were reported.

The protesters rallied inside the Srinagar locality of Soura that has witnessed regular protests since New Delhi announced its move on August 5.

Police attempted to disperse hundreds of protesters who tried to march down the main road. Protesters hurled stones and used shop hoardings and tin sheets as improvised shields, as police shot dozens of rounds into the crowd.

 

A drone kept vigil over the area as thousands of men and women gathered inside a popular shrine.

“We are trying to breach the siege and march to the city centre but police is using force to stop us,” one protester told AFP, adding that three people were injured on Thursday in clashes with police officers and reservists.

Sporadic clashes were also reported in other parts of the Kashmir Valley where communications have been cut off for nearly two weeks.

Major towns and cities in the Valley remained under curfew, with government forces allowing people to move only on special passes.

Government forces erected steep barricades and used concertina wires to block roads. No big gatherings were allowed in the valley and most mosques were shut for the second consecutive Friday.

“We want what is ours. We are not begging for anything but demand India should respect its promises,” another protester told AFP.

“We will not sit back until we achieve complete independence from India,” he said.

The protesters marched inside the lanes, carrying black flag, signifying grief, and placards with slogans including “Go India, go back”.

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