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In Kashmir's main city, only a few celebrate India's Independence Day

In Kashmir's main city, only a few celebrate India's Independence DayIndia tightened security on Thursday in disputed Kashmir, sealing off many roads with barbed wire in the main city of Srinagar, as government officials and security forces held an Independence Day parade attended by only a few local people. Streets were empty outside the Sher-i-Kashmir cricket stadium, where the event was held, with most residents of the city keeping indoors as a travel and communications blockade in Indian-controlled Kashmir entered its 11th day. India’s crackdown followed a decision to strip the mainly Muslim state of Jammu and Kashmir of the right to set some of its own laws, a move that has prompted sporadic protests in the past week.



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Indian authorities lock down Kashmir's major city on Eid holiday

Indian authorities lock down Kashmir's major city on Eid holidayIndian security forces kept disputed Kashmir’s biggest city of Srinagar largely locked down on Monday, the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, to prevent any major protests against a decision that scrapped the Himalayan region’s special rights. Frustration is growing in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which is also claimed by Pakistan, over India’s move last week to curtail autonomy for the state of Jammu and Kashmir, including a bar on non-residents buying property. “We want freedom, we are neither a part of India, nor Pakistan,” said Asifa, an 18-year-old woman who was among those protesting after prayers at the shrine of Jinab Sahib in Soura.



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Kashmir's streets silent as people's despair and rage grow

Kashmir's streets silent as people's despair and rage growAn unusual silence cloaks the center of the city. Its streets, once teeming with traffic, are dotted with spools of concertina wire, blocking movement. The population has been forced indoors while thousands of Indian soldiers in camouflage are on patrol, carrying guns at their waists.



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Five things to know about Indian Kashmir's changed status

Five things to know about Indian Kashmir's changed statusThe Indian government on Monday issued a presidential order to scrap the constitutionally mandated special status of Kashmir, the country’s only Muslim-majority region. – What is Article 370? Article 370 gave Jammu and Kashmir state a special position in India’s union.



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