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Kashmiris observed Black Day, protest in London

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(London-AlummahWorld, Muharram 4, 1436, 28 Oct 2014) Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and across the world on Sunday observed India’s Republic Day as black day to convey to the international community that India’s claim of being a democratic republic is totally misleading as it has denied the people of Kashmir their inalienable right to self-determination. In Indian Occupied Kashmir, a total shutter down protest was recorded by the people and all the businesses were completely shut down.

Thousands of people attended a Million March for Kashmir’s right of self-determination in London on 26 October, the Kashmir Black Day to show solidarity with the people of Indian- occupied state in their decades-long struggle.

A large number of people supporting the Kashmir cause came out on the streets of London to draw world attention to the Kashmiris’ troubles who have suffered a lot at the hands of Indian occupation forces in their quest for freedom. Thousands of Kashmiri people have been killed in decades of Indian brutality.
Many people had travelled from several other cities in Britain for the event marked by placards with anti-India slogans. The participants numbering thousands chanted slogans like ''We want Freedom'' and ''Go India Go'', ''Kashmir is Pakistan''.
The March, which was also a protest against human rights violations by Indian troops in the Occupied Kashmir, started from London’s Trafalgar Square and concluded at 10 Downing Street – the official residence of British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Towards the end of the March, the protesters submitted a memorandum to the British government seeking an early resolution to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of people of Kashmir.

Barrister Sultan Mehmood, who is also a former prime minister of Azad Kashmir, in his address said, this is a first event of its kind. “We have gathered here to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir and to divert attention of the international community towards Kashmir issue.”
Sultan said the Indian aggression will have to end one day. He said this struggle would continue till the end of Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. He said he salutes the brave Kashmiri people who have been facing the terrorism of Indian troops for so long.
In a statement, Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani declared London Million March a much needed step. He said it is to give world a message that terrorism has no direct or indirect link to the Kashmir Liberation Movement and the people of Kashmir were struggling for their genuine right.
Some unconfirmed reports suggested that India had asked the United Kingdom not to allow this march in London but the British government refused the request.

Pressure mounting on India to stop using force against Kashmiris and implement UN resolutions on Kashmir demanding a rights of self determination for people of Jammu and Kashmir.