Pro-freedom protest outside Geelani’s residence

‘Any sell-out unacceptable’

Srinagar: Hundreds of protesters staged a massive protest outside Hyderpora based residence of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani when the meeting between Resistance leadership and different stake-holders was in progress in closed room.

People especially youth in hundreds started assembling in Hyderpora when stake-holders including traders, transporters, lawyers, civil society members arrived at Geelani’s residence to participate in a crucial meeting to chalk out the future strategy vis-à-vis ongoing Kashmir uprising.

The protesters carrying placards seeking implementation of UN resolutions and stoppage of State Terrorism raised high-pitched anti-India slogans. ‘Soda Bazi Nahi Chaley Gi’ ‘Sarkari Dashatgardi Bandh Karo’were some of the slogans written on placards. The protesters warned that any ‘sell-out’ on the pattern of 2008 and 2010 is unacceptable to the people of Kashmir.

“We have given our blood. Innocent people were put to death and property in billions was damaged across Kashmir. Our kids and near and dear ones have lost vision and thousands are languishing in jails. We will hit to roads if separatist leaders will compromise this time,” the agitated protesters said.

“I have come here to see the outcome of the meeting. We have suffered heavily and I wish good sense prevails and they come up with such a strategy that will not harm people economically,” said an old man to news agency CNS.

“Calling off strike will not harm this freedom movement. Sentiments are there and people eagerly want resolution to Kashmir problem. If you think plying of few vehicles on roads and vendors doing business is a sign of normalcy then you are living in a fool’s paradise. We can continue this struggle without continuous shutdowns,” a middle aged man who was sitting on a shopfront said.

However, most of the people who were part of the protest said that separatist leadership should not call off strike and it will send a wrong signal. “If you call off strike that means you bowed before New Delhi,” said an emotionally charged youth. (CNS)

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