Kashmir Day in London

Kashmir Day is celebrated by people of Jammu Kashmir every year on October 27 by holding protests. Here I describe only one. Thousands of people attended a Million March for Kashmir’s right of self-determination in London on Sunday, 27 October, 2014 to show solidarity with the people of Indian- occupied state in their decades-long struggle. A large number of people supporting the Kashmir cause came out on the streets of London to draw world attention to the Kashmiris’ troubles who have suffered a lot at the hands of Indian occupation forces in their quest for freedom.

Thousands of Kashmiri people have been killed in decades of Indian brutality. Many people had travelled from several other cities in Britain for the event marked by placards with anti-India slogans. The participants numbering thousands chanted slogans like ‘Kashmir bane ga Pakistan’, ‘We want Freedom’ and ‘Go India Go’.The March, which was also a protest against human rights violations by Indian troops in the Occupied Kashmir, started from London’s Trafalgar Square and concluded at 10 Downing Street – the official residence of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Towards the end of the March, the protesters submitted a memorandum to the British government seeking an early resolution to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of people of Kashmir. Though billed as a ‘Million March’, the strength of the rally was nowhere near that mark.

Member UK Parliament and British House of Commons Kashmir Committee President Andrew Griffiths also addressed the gathering. In a statement, Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani declared London Million March a much needed step. He said it is to give world a message that terrorism has no direct or indirect link to the Kashmir Liberation Movement and the people of Kashmir were struggling for their genuine right.Some unconfirmed reports suggested that India had asked the United Kingdom not to allow this march in London but the British government refused the request.

Courtesy: The Nation

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