Rising violence in Gaza and fast circulating gory pictures of dead Palestinian children online triggered protests, several violent, in Srinagar on Friday.
The administration had a tough time at Kashmir University where dozens of students carrying placards converged on the campus protesting against “rampant killing of Palestinian” in fresh Israeli action.
“We are protesting against the ongoing Israeli aggression in Gaza. We express solidarity with brethren of Gaza who are under continuous bombardment of Israeli airplanes since past four days,” said a protesting student.
The students raised pro-Palestine and anti-Israel slogans and flashed placards and banners saying ‘Down with Zionism’, ‘Long live Hamas’, Stop the genocide in Gaza’, ‘Kashmir stands with Gaza’. Students offered funeral prayers in absentia for the dead civilians.
A violent protest broke out after Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid where devotees protested against Israel and unfurled flags. The police had to use force to bring situation under control.
The authorities arrested JKLF chief Yasin Malik on Thursday night to foil his scheduled protests over Gaza. However, JKLF supporters carried out a rally at Srinagar’s Maisuma area.
“Killings of innocent children, women and elders in Gaza are by product of international community’s criminal silence and negligence, which has failed to provide security to innocents and stop the brutalities of oppressive nations like Israel,” said Malik.
Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani, who was disallowed to attend Friday congregation, also condemned Israel’s action.
“It’s unfortunate that the world community, particularly the Organisation of Islamic Countries, have maintained silence over the bloodshed of Palestinian people at the hands of Israel. There are dual standards on Muslims,” said Geelani.
He has asked people to observe last Friday of Ramadan as ‘Youm-ul-Qudus’ in solidarity with Palestinians.
Several government employees’ bodies too protested outside offices in Srinagar after Friday prayers.
The authorities had deployed additional forces to keep protests under control.
Dozens of gory pictures of dead Palestinian children were doing rounds on the Internet, fueling anger here over the fresh attack of Israel on Gaza.