Thousands protest against brutal clampdown of Kashmiri people

30th Aug 2019
Thousands protest against brutal clampdown of Kashmiri people

(Photo Ahmed J Versi/Muslim News)

Abdul Adil

Thousands of mainly Kashmiri Muslims from across the UK demonstrated outside the Indian High Commission in London on August 15 protesting against the brutal clampdown of Jammu and Kashmir by India.

The demonstrators, who were waving Kashmiri and Pakistani flags, were also angry at the UK for the lack of any support for the Kashmiri people. There was neither criticism nor condemnation by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, of what India was doing in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sumaiyah, 26, from London, whose mother is from Kashmir, told The Muslim News that it was “terrible” that the UK was not coming to the help of the Kashmiri people. Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, “has spoken out about Kashmir. We expect other leaders to do as well. This is a humanitarian crisis. This is a humanitarian violation. It is crimes against humanity. It doesn’t matter about your religion or your skin colour or what nation you are from. This is about being human.”

Georgina, 23, from Greece, said the media “was not portraying what is going on in Kashmir as much as they should have done. So by raising awareness through protest is the best way to get the message across.”

Amna Khurshid, 18, said Britain was “behaving like cowards. At this time we need as much support as we can get. If they’re not taking any stance it means they are against us. There is no humanity in their stance.” She added that Kashmir is “were being killed, there was a complete blackout. We cannot talk to our brothers and sisters there. It’s really bad what India is doing.”

Humeira Siddiq, 20, said the UK was “doing wrong” in not condemning the clampdown. “There is a basic line of humanitarianism that needs to be done. They are human beings at the end of the day. Does it matter where they are from or what religion they are? At the end of the day, people are being killed unfairly. As a basic human right, you have to say this is wrong.”

Shadow Foreign Minister, Khalid Mahmood, who was also at the protest, told The Muslim News that it was “absolutely disgraceful that the Prime Minister has taken this step [of not condemning India]. We are the bastion of human rights and civil liberties. This year we celebrated 70 years of the International Humanitarian Law. Doesn’t that apply to the people of Kashmir? Doesn’t that apply if you are a Muslim?”

Mahmood added that the lockdown means that there could be “all sorts of abuses.”

Demonstrators outside the Indian High Commission in London in support of the people in Jammu and Kashmir August 15.

 

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