Kashmir Unrest: Baramulla, Sopore In North Remain Calm As South Takes Lead In Anti-india Protests

On 28 July and soon after Friday prayers, clashes erupted between government forces and young boys at Jamia Masjid, Sopore in north Kashmir. The youths were prevented from holding a march against the verdict in Machil encounter case. In many other parts of the town, however, despite the call given by separatist leaders to hold a “peaceful protest” against the verdict, the situation was normal as shops remained open and normal traffic plied on the roads. There were similar scenes in other parts of the Baramulla district too.

Sopore is the birthplace of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the veteran hardliner Hurriyat leader.

Sopore and Baramulla towns were the hub of protests and stone pelting till recently. This was most evident when in 2013 people from the north came on the streets protesting against the execution of Afzal Guru, the 2001 Parliament attack convict. But in the last one year, massive protests, militant support and killings of civilians have changed the dynamics of conflict in the Kashmir Valley. Burhan Wani’s killing may have had brought the entire Valley to a standstill, but afterwards, south Kashmir has seen persistent outbreaks of protests on streets and at encounter sites and an increase in the local support to militancy. Read More…

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