Kashmiri activists protest outside EU HQ in Brussels

Saturday, October 23, 2010

ISLAMABAD - Activists of the Kashmir Council-EU protested with “prison bars” outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels to demand release of all political prisoners in Indian Kashmir, a Pakistani paper reported Saturday.

The activists demanded that India release all leaders and protesters picked up during the over four-month-long spell of agitation in the Kashmir Valley and sought to focus the attention of the EU and European countries on the struggle of the Kashmiri youth, the Urdu daily Jang said.

Led by Kashmir Council-EU chairman Ali Raza Syed, the activists Friday displayed the mock-ups of “prison bars” to passers-by and shouted slogans against “Indian oppression” in the Valley.

Speaking to reporters, Syed said they chose this form of protest so as to draw the attention of the international community, and the European Union in particular, to the issue of “innocent youth” lodged in jails in Indian Kashmir and the “killing of defenceless Kashmiris” by Indian security forces.

He said they would continue their protest until the EU takes up the case of the detenus in Indian Kashmir and India’s human rights violations.

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