SRINAGAR: Protests continued for the second consecutive day Tuesday across Kashmir Valley against the ongoing bombing of Gaza by Israel.
Despite government announcing summer vacation for schools and colleges, scores of students on Tuesday responded to the call of Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and protested in the heart of this capital city against the Israeli aggression, eyewitnesses said.
Geelani had appealed students to protest against the killing of Muslims in Palestine and wear black armbands. Following the appeal, government announced summer break for colleges and schools to thwart the protests. However, a large number of students assembled at Gandhi Memorial College, Bemina Degree College and Amar Singh College and held anti-Israel and pro-Palestine protests.
A group of students marched to Lal Chowk from Barbashah area. Shouting pro-Palestine and anti-Israel slogans, the students said the summer vacation order by the state government was a “move to muzzle the ongoing protests against the killing of Muslims in Gaza.”
“Government cannot fool us with such a stupid move. It is our humanitarian and religious duty to come out on the streets and protest the massacre of Palestinians,” the protesting students said.
Kashmir University too reverberated with anti-Israel slogans when students took out a rally after mid-day prayers in the campus. “The silence of the international community speaks volumes about their claims of respecting human values,” they said.
In a rare gesture, activists of the Hurriyat (G) and JKLF jointly held a protest at Lal Chowk. Senior leaders of the two groups took out a procession from Maisuma. JKLF activists led by the party vice-president Bashir Ahmad Khan and Hurriyat (G) supporters led by Imtiyaz Hyder jointly marched towards Lal Chowk chanting anti-Israel and pro-Palestine slogans.
“World cannot just sit and watch the genocide of the Palestinians; they must act and stop this barbarism,” the protestors said.
“We understand the pain and agony of the Palestinians as we too are under occupation,” Imtiyaz Haider said while speaking to media. Activists of Muslim league too joined the protest demonstration. Police baton charged them near Koker Bazaar when they tried to move towards Ghanta Ghar.
Reports from south Kashmir said students from Boys Degree College Anantnag took out a protest rally to show solidarity with Palestinians. The student marched from Degree College Khanabal through KP Road upto Lal Chowk where they dispersed off peacefully. Slogans like “Gaza Gaza Don’t cry, Palestine will never die” and “Death to Israel” reverberated through the procession. “It is shame for Arab world that despite having resources they are not able to do anything for caged Palestinians who are being brutally killed by Israelis,” Arif Ahmed, a protesting student, said.
In northern Baramulla district, lawyers and students carried out separate protest rallies denouncing the Israeli aggression.