7th August 2020   •   article
Protests take place in London and New York to mark a year since India put Kashmir on lockdown

by Barfi Culture Team | @barfi_culture.
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It has been one year since the Government of India cancelled Kashmir's autonomous status and imposed a state-wide lockdown.

On Wednesday 5th August, a number of protests took place in London and New York to highlight what they called human rights abuses in the region.

As Kathryn Salam in Foreign Policy magazine pointed out, "In the 12 months since, the region has remained on edge. Communications are still slow, arrests are routine, and now the coronavirus pandemic threatens to throw Kashmir, and India, into an even deeper tailspin."

According to Sky News, over 6,500 political activists and leaders were arrested by Indian authorities then, and some are still being detained a year later.

On Wednesday, activists projected slogans on to London buildings

Smaller protests also took place outside the Indian High Commission in London

Also on Wednesday, Labour MP Zarah Sultana wrote to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, urging him to call on the Indian government to recognise that Kashmir is disputed territory, and end the communications blackout in the region.

Banners were also put up around New York city for the one year-anniversary

A protest also took place
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