Geelani calls for protest in solidarity with Rohingya Muslims

Geelani calls for protest in solidarity with Rohingya Muslims
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Condemns ‘inhuman’ killing of Gauri Lankesh

SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday termed the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as “very pain giving” and appealed to OIC and UNO to take steps to stop “ongoing bloodshed”.
He called for a peaceful protest after Friday prayers against the “state sponsored genocide” in Myanmar and to express solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims.
Geelani also criticised human rights organisations for acting as mute spectators over the alleged custodial disappearance of a youth Manzoor Ahmad in Lolab. He also expressed his deep grief over the assassination of a woman journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru and condemned the “inhuman act”.
In a statement, Geelani condemned the continuous raids and detention of pro-freedom leaders and activists by NIA sleuths, saying “it is very sad that authorities in Delhi don’t allow even peaceful political activities”. Slamming authorities, Geelani said they have launched a defamation campaign against the freedom movement “which people have nourished with their passion” and on the other hand are utilising NIA sleuths to “hide (their) brutalities and to create scare among leadership and people”.
Geelani said NIA raids on residences of Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Agha Syed Hassan, Zameer Sheikh, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi and detention of a photojournalist Kamran Yusuf and Javed Ahmad are “highly condemnable”. Suggesting Indian authorities to “learn from the annals of history”, the Hurriyat chairman said they too were forced to live like slaves under British rule and that their “coercive measures (can neither) dampen our passion nor deter us from our mission”. “History stands witness to the fact that ultimately imperial and autocratic forces failed to cow down the aspirations of suppressed nations,” he said.
He denounced “human rights violations and brutalities perpetrated by occupied forces” and said that “puppet regime in state is creating a fear psychosis and as such there is no guarantee of life and dignity of citizens”. Strongly criticising the PDP-led administration, Geelani said through NIA sleuths, authorities are hell bent on harassing and creating a graveyard like silence. “Despite their rhetoric about the ‘battle of ideas’, they stand exposed as they are strangulating genuine voices and creating ‘emergency’ like situation in the state.” Meanwhile, authorities disallowed Hurriyat Conference’s executive council meeting at Hyderpora on Thursday.
“(The) autocratic behaviour of authorities is undemocratic and a shameful act,” Geelani said.


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