Thousands protest in London for Occupied Kashmir outside Indian High Commission

New Delhi's decision to revoke special status of IOK along with curbs on movement caused fury in Pakistan

Reuters August 15, 2019
Demonstrators protest against scrapping of special constitutional status in Kashmir by the Indian government. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON: Thousands of people, many waving Pakistani and Kashmiri flags, protested outside the Indian High Commission in London on Thursday in support of the people of Occupied Kashmir.

India's decision to revoke special status of the disputed Himalayan region, 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 saying "Kashmir is Burning", "Free Kashmir" and "Modi: Make Tea Not War", according to a Reuters reporter.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered an Independence Day speech on Thursday that spotlighted his decision to remove the special rights of Occupied 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.


"We want to show our solidarity with our Kashmiri brothers," said Amin Tahir, a British pensioner of Kashmiri origin who came from Birmingham on one of the coaches.

"Since 1947 Kashmir has been struggling to be free from India. Now Modi has changed the law by force to stop Kashmir's autonomy," he added.


Muhammad Fayyaz | 2 years ago | Reply That's Kashmiris! They remain puritanist to their homeland even if they are millions of miles away. We support them physically and morally. Long LIve Kashmir! Long Live Kashmiris! Their long painful struggle will soon be honourably rewarded. Allah Blessed them with Self determination and Independence!
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