Monday, August 18, 2008

Kashmir demonstrators in UN march

Thousands have gathered in Srinagar city in Indian-administered Kashmir, demanding that the UN recognise their right to self-determination.

Separatist leaders plan to submit a memorandum to the UN office in the city outlining their demands.

More than 21 people died last week in the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley during police firing on protesters.

The unrest began two months ago when a small piece of land was awarded to a trust running a Hindu shrine.

This provoked Muslim anger. The government then rescinded its decision, triggering furious counter-protests from Hindus in Jammu.

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