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185 days of Kashmir’s fight against India in pictures

185 days of Kashmir’s fight against India in pictures

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The lockdown imposed in occupied Kashmir on August 5, 2019 by the Indian government has hit 185 days, with the the security and communication clampdown now in its sixth month.

With international pressure mounting to restore freedoms, Indian authorities claim they have ‘eased’ some restrictions, such as lifting roadblocks and restoring landlines and some mobile phone services. The scenario for 12.5 million Kashmiris, however, is far from normal.

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On August 5th, the Indian government withdrew Article 370, which gave the disputed territories of Jammu and Kashmir partial autonomy, from the Indian constitution

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Following this was an imposition of a strict curfew and the cutting of telephone and internet connections. This Wednesday marks the 150th since Kashmir’s defiance against Indian repression following the lockdown begun.

In this picture taken on August 9, 2019 security personnel stand guard on a street in Srinagar as widespread restrictions on movement and a telecommunications blackout
Photo: Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP

Parliamentary troops getting ready for the anticipated thousands of protests in Kashmir following the revoking of Article 370 on August 5th. The disputed region was soon turned into an array of military troops.

Photo: Al Jazeera
Photo: Al Jazeera
In this photo taken on August 9, 2019, Kashmiri Muslims shout pro-freedom slogans during a protest in Srinagar.
Photo: Al Jazeera
Photo:Al Jazeera
Photo: Al Jazeera

Two days before the abolition of Article 370, panic spread across the locals as the federal government arrived them to evacuate the region immediately.

Photo: Al Jazeera
Photo: Al Jazeera
Photo: Al Jazeera
Photo: Al Jazeera
Photo: Al Jazeera

In an attempt to quell mass protest, the curfew in Kashmir was tightened right before Eid al-Adha on August 11th

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Photo: Al Jazeera
Photo: Al Jazeera

Kashmiri women chanting freedom slogans following the Eid al-Adha prayers

Photo: Al Jazeera
Photo: Al Jazeera

Bunkers and barricades were created overnight as troops took over educational institutions. Following this, parents raised their doubts over sending children to school during the lockdown

Photo: Al Jazeera
Photo: Al Jazeera

There has been an increase in the use of pellet guns by Indian forces to halt protests in the valley. Pellet firing over unarmed protestors has caused severe injuries including blindness.

Photo: Al Jazeera
Photo: AL Jazeera
Photo: AL Jazeera

As education across the valley suffered, some people have opened up tuition centres to help the students free of charge.

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Tourism in the region has taken a massive hit since Article 370 was revoked. This has affected many local businesses in Kashmir who continue to suffer economically during the lockdown.

Photo: Al Jazeera
Photo: Al Jazeera
In this Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, photo, Kashmiris sit outside a Muslim shrine during a curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmiri. Authorities enforcing a strict curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir will bring in trucks of essential supplies for an Islamic festival next week, as the divided Himalayan region remained in a lockdown following India's decision to strip it of its constitutional autonomy. The indefinite 24-hour curfew was briefly eased on Friday for weekly Muslim prayers in some parts of Srinagar, the region's main city, but thousands of residents are still forced to stay indoors
Photo: Al Jazeera

Also read: A Timeline of the Kashmir Dispute

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