Summer vacation no bar, students continue anti-Israel protests
Contractors, lawyers, commoners join in
Heeding to the call of Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference that urged people to protest against Gaza killings, thousands of students Tuesday staged massive demonstrations across Kashmir. Chanting pro-Palestine and anti-Israel slogans, the students made emotional appeals to Muslim countries to help stop the Gaza bloodbath.
Students marched from Press Enclave here towards Lal Chowk and assembled at Ganta Ghar [clock tower] where they raised slogans like ‘Save Gaza’.
Interestingly, the students continued protest despite the schools and colleges being closed from today in Kashmir.
The summer vacations were declared yesterday, with many people believing that the government made the announcement fearing escalation of student protests against Israel.
They urged Muslim countries to get united under a single banner and frame a joint economic and military policy, which they said will strengthen the Islamic world.
“Most of the Muslim countries are rich in natural resources, especially oil. They can frame economic policies and initiate steps for the advancement of technology,” said a protester who chose anonymity.
He added that Arab countries should supply oil to other countries on the condition that the transaction of currency takes place in Riyals. “That will beat the importance of dollar,” he opined.
Anti-Israel protests were also held in Hyderpora and several other areas in which students in large numbers raised slogans against the atrocities committed in Gaza.
Hurriyat (G) also took out a protest rally here against the Gaza massacre.
Jammu and Kashmir Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCC) also held protest demonstration to express solidarity with Gaza. They torched the national flag of Israel as a mark of protest against its aggression against Gaza.
Anti-Israel protests were also held in Ganderbal and Kangan towns. Chanting slogans against Gaza killings, media persons in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district assembled at main chowk and took out a protest rally from Tawheed Chowk to Dudarhama Chowk.
At Kangan, youth assembled outside central Jamia Masjid and marched through different streets.
Hundreds of school and college students in Tangmarg and Baramulla also held protests against the brutal attacks on Palestine.
Protests in Baramulla district:
Students of various educational institutions and lawyers of Bar Association Baramulla took out anti-Israel and pro-Palestine rallies in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday. The protesters were raising slogans against America and Israel.
The students of Boys Degree College Baramulla, Degree College Tangmarg and SSM college took out protest rallies against the Israel’s aggression on Gaza. Students were seen chanting slogans ‘death to America and Israel.’ The protesting students later dispersed peacefully.
The members of Bar Association Baramulla also held a protest march against the killing of innocents in Gaza. The protesting lawyers while chanting slogans against Israel termed the killing of Palestine people a genocide.
“The killing of innocent people in Gaza is terrorism. The world is watching this genocide silently. We share the grief of the people of Palestine and stand with them in this hour of grief,” said a lawyer.
Similar protest was carried from Bait-ul-Mukaram masjid after noon prayers. Hundreds of people raised slogans against Israel and America. The protesters marched up to the main chowk before dispersing peacefully.