Geelani calls for strike on May 15 against arrests

Srinagar: The Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference has called for a Valley-wide shutdown on Thursday, May 15 against “police excesses and detention of youth.”
The amalgam had set May 13 deadline for the government to “release youth detained during the Parliamentary elections across Kashmir and stop police excesses.”
“As we had already announced to issue a comprehensive protest programme in case the government did not respond to our demands, a shutdown will be observed across Kashmir on May 15,” the amalgam said in a statement after a meeting of its majlis shoora (advisory council) on Tuesday.
“Several other important issues pertaining to the freedom movement” were also discussed during the meeting which was chaired by Geelani at his Hyderpora residence.
“Hurriyat leaders expressed satisfaction over the exemplary boycott of Parliamentary elections and slammed the government for exacting revenge upon the people by launching an arrest spree across Kashmir and letting loose police and other Indian forces on the entire population ,” the statement said.
“If the state administration does not release the youth and revoke Public Safety Act against pro-freedom leaders and youth, then we will be forced to announce further protest programme after proper deliberations,” the statement said.
Addressing the meeting, Geelani said, “We should have complete faith in our just struggle against the Indian oppression.”
“We have always maintained that India uses elections as a weapon against our freedom movement. Even when elections were termed as a ‘non-issue’, we remained firm on our stand and kept informing the people about the adverse effects of elections and started the election boycott campaign in 2013 to defeat the evil designs of India,” Geelani said.

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