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British Kashmir’s Protest in UK

September 04, 2021

Thousands of British Kashmiris demonstrated on Saturday against the forced funeral of former APHC Chairman and prominent Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani by occupying forces in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Protesters gathered outside the Indian embassy in Birmingham and other cities across the UK in response to call of Tehreek-e-Kashmir’s (TeK).

Protesters chanted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans for Kashmir, while also ridicule Indian troops’ horrific treatment of the dead Kashmir leader’s body. Protesters carried Geelani’s pictures and chanted, “We are all Geelanis, and we will carry on his mission.” Raja Fahim Kayani, President of TeK UK, addressed those in attendance, saying the dead leader was the face of the Kashmiri fight for independence who confronted India’s authoritarian rule over IIOJK for decades.

Kayani added, “Geelani had been fighting India since the early 1960s and was locked up for nearly ten years after 1962 and was frequently restricted to his home afterwards”.  This caused Geelani to have several health issues, and he died without receiving proper medical treatment. Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Ghalib, President of TeK Europe, said that India’s barbaric act of seizing Geelani’s body and forcibly burying him in a quiet funeral at a local graveyard under severe restrictions was inhuman and increased up to the worst kind of human rights violations.

Protests against India were also held in other parts of the UK, including Nelson and Dewsbury. Funeral prayers were also held in absentia in Luton, Walsall, Leeds, and other cities throughout Europe. A day earlier, Pakistan called up India’s Charge d’Affaires to the Foreign Office and forwarded a strong protest over Indian occupation forces’ “cold hearted and inhuman” treatment of the iconic Kashmiri leader’s mortal remains.

On Thursday, he was laid to rest after a tightly controlled pre-dawn funeral, as Indian authorities applied a crackdown across Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The unwavering opponent of India’s invasion of Kashmir died late Wednesday at the age of 92, after a long illness while under house arrest by Indian forces.

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