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Kashmiris Mark Black Day to Protest India’s Illegal Occupation

Kashmiri people on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and across the world observed Black Day on Friday to mark the completion of 76 years of Indian military occupation of Kashmir.

On October 27, 1947, India landed its troops in Jammu and Kashmir and forcibly annexed a large part of the state in violation of the Partition Plan of 1947 and the UN resolutions on Kashmir.

Since then, Kashmiris have been facing brutal repression, killings, torture, rape, disappearances, and curfews at the hands of Indian forces. India has also imposed a communication blackout and a lockdown in the region since August 5, 2019, when it revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and bifurcated it into two union territories.

The Kashmiri people have rejected India’s illegal and unilateral actions and have vowed to continue their struggle for their right to self-determination as promised by the UN.

On Friday, Kashmiris held protests, rallies, seminars, and conferences in different parts of the world to express their solidarity with each other and to condemn India’s occupation and atrocities. They also raised black flags and banners and chanted slogans against India.

They demanded the international community to intervene and stop India from committing human rights violations and genocide in Kashmir. They also urged the UN to implement its resolutions and hold a plebiscite in Kashmir to allow the people to decide their own fate.

Similar events were also held in other cities of Pakistan-administered Kashmir as well as in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Gilgit-Baltistan, and other parts of Pakistan. The Pakistani government also reiterated its firm stance on Kashmir and called for an end to India’s state terrorism in the region.

In Indian-administered Kashmir, a curfew was imposed by the authorities to prevent any protests or demonstrations on Black Day. However, reports said that people defied the restrictions and came out on the streets in some areas to register their protest against India’s occupation. They also observed a complete shutdown as a mark of resistance.

The Black Day was also observed on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, where millions of users posted messages, videos, photos, and hashtags to show their solidarity with the Kashmiri people and to expose India’s brutalities in Kashmir. They also demanded justice and freedom for Kashmir.

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