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Police quell anti-government demonstrations in Kashmir

Police in Indian Kashmir used force to break up protests against alleged excesses by government troops and detained dozens of separatists during events to mark International Human Rights Day. Witnesses Wednesday said police used teargas and batons to disperse a demonstration by hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani and several hundred of his supporters in the Raj Bagh quarter of the summer capital Srinagar. The protestors carried posters demanding an end to human rights abuses allegedly perpetrated by India’s security forces during their efforts to quash a 14-year anti-Indian rebellion in Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state. Geelani and dozens of supporters were pulled into security force vehicles and driven to a police station, while police used bamboo truncheons to charge more than 200 demonstrators in another district of Srinagar, witnesses said. Full Story

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