11/17/2016, 10.04
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Kashmir: after 133 days of revolt, separatists announce two day respite

Next weekend businesses and shops will reopen their doors. Even public transport can circulate. For four months, the separatists leaders have dictated the calendar of protests. Delhi authorities are "apathetic" about the issue of the Valley.

 

Srinagar (AsiaNews) - The leaders of the Kashmiri separatists have announced two days' respite from the constant riots that have been shaking the Valley from 133 days. Next Saturday and Sunday, November19 and 20, the guerrillas will lower their arms, and allow the reopening of the stores closed since last July.

The decision was made last night by the three leaders at the helm of the uprising, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (respectively, charismatic leader and president of Hurriyat political movement) and Mohammad Yasin Malik, leader of JKLF (Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front).

Since last July, when Indian security forces killed the famous fighter Burhan Wani, beloved on social networks, the three separatists have dictated the timing of the protests. Next weekend businesses and shops will be reopened to the public, and public transport will be able to circulate on the streets.

The leaders argue that in recent months "Kashmiris have obtained a moral victory, refusing to give in and submit to oppression". "We have made clear to India – he adds - we are masters of our destiny. Worldwide, there are no comparisons with our 130 days of protest with the support and participation of the people. This gives the measure of our strength. Only a nation that has deep commitment, resilience, determination and courage can support this kind of fight. "

In fact there are those who claim that the lack of opposition is due to the "apathy" with which Delhi views the issue of Kashmir. It must be said that in recent days, despite protests and curfews in some areas of the state vehicles began to circulate. Also after a long period of silence and calm, the footfall of pedestrians can be heard: those of thousands of students who, defying the dangers, decided to come to the school to take their annual exams.

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