July 15, 2016

A PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY'RE A NATION ARE ONE:

Death of rebel leader fuels renewed anger in Kashmir (AIJAZ HUSSAIN, Jul. 13, 2016, AP)

When Indian forces announced last week that they had killed a top Kashmiri rebel leader, they called it a major victory in the fight against militants in the disputed Himalayan region. They clearly didn't expect the backlash that followed -- an outpouring of public anger, daily protests and dozens dead in the streets.

The killing of Burhan Wani drew tens of thousands to rise up and renew demands for "azadi," or freedom, from Indian rule. At least 31 people have died in clashes and hospitals are struggling with hundreds of injured.

Each day this week has brought a new surge of resistance by young, rock-throwing protesters in jeans and bandanas defying curfews to face down Indian troops firing live ammunition, pellet guns and tear gas.

Officials worry that they've unwittingly revived a rebellion that may be hard to control.

Posted by at July 15, 2016 4:51 PM

  

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