Hurriyat leaders call for protest after Friday prayers in occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat leaders in Indian occupied Kashmir have urged people to defy a curfew and join a mass march after Friday prayers against New Delhi’s move to revoke the region’s autonomy.

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Indian occupied Kashmir has been under curfew and lockdown since August 5 after the Indian government abolished Article 370, which granted special status to the valley. The curfew and lockdown has led to protests in the valley with thousands of Kashmiris including Hurriyat leaders placed under house arrest or detained.

Curfew and communication blackout entered its 19th day in the occupied valley today with empty streets and thousands of Indian troops patrolling them.

Schools in the valley continue to give an empty look as parents refuse to risk the lives of their children.

As a result of the strict curfew and communication blockade, a humanitarian crisis is fast unfolding as residents of occupied Kashmir face severe shortages of essential commodities including baby food and life-saving medicines.

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