KASHMIR: WE NEED INDEPENDENCE

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Death sparks protests in Kashmir
 
 Aug 25, 2010

Kashmiri teenagers throw stones and traffic cones at a police vehicle as protests escalate in Srinagar August 25, 2010.nagar on August 25, 2010.

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Indian-administered Kashmir after a teenager died of injuries he had suffered during an earlier clash with Indian forces.
The demonstration held in protested at the killing of the teenager turned violent in Srinagar on Wednesday. Police fired warning shots to disperse the protesters who were attending the funeral of 13-year-old Umar Qayoom, who died of severe injuries earlier in the day.
Witnesses say he was beaten by government forces during a protest rally days earlier.
The demonstrators also hurled stones at Indian security forces at several locations in the Muslim-majority region.
Police say another young protester has been wounded in clashes with the security forces in Pampore town 15 kilometers (nine miles) south of Srinagar.
“More and more people are joining them,” AFP quoted a local resident as saying.
Indian-administered Kashmir has been the scene of pro-independence demonstrations almost on a daily basis despite strict curfews.
The death of a teenage student on June 11 triggered the rallies. Sixty-four people have lost their lives in two months of violence.
Kashmir lies at the heart of more than 60 years of hostility between India and Pakistan. Both countries claim the region in full but have partial control over it.

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