Brussels: (Rasaheed Ahmed) Kashmiri Council Europe (KC-EU)organized a protest demonstration to mark the
“Black Day” today, 15th August 2018 (Wednesday) in front of Indian Embassy in
Brussels, the capital city of Belgium.
It is important to mention that Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and
across the world observe the Indian Independence Day as "Black Day’’ on Aug 15
every year. This year this day is being observed as India has revoked special status
of Jammu and Kashmir and Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) is witnessed of severe
situation as curfew has been imposed there for last ten days.
A large number of people from all walks of life including Kashmiris, Pakistanis
and representatives of different organizations based in Belgium and other EU
countries attended the demonstration. Participants of the protest gathering raised
slogan against Indian occupation of Kashmir and brutalities committed by the
occupation forces in IOK. It was a unique scene that at the same Indians were
inside the embassy in order to celebrate their Independence Day, while at the same
time, a huge number of Kashmiris and their sympathizers were protesting
againstanti-Kashmiris behavior of Indian authorities in front of the embassy.
During the protest, a memorandum addressing the Indian regime was also
presented to Indian embassy in Brussels.
The memorandum called upon the regime to immediately end curfew and release
the political figures and activists with out any delay. It also asked the Prime
Minister of India to fulfil the promise of his great predecessor Jahwaharial
NEHRU to give a voice to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and to allow them to
determine their own political future.
On the occasion, chairman Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU)Mr Ali Raza Syed
said, we gathered here against Indian recent actions for ending special status of
Jammu and Kashmir and starting blockade of occupied Kashmir for last ten days
for committing human rights violations in the disputed territory. Expressing
solidarity with the people of IHK, Mr. Ali Raza Syed determined that the peaceful
struggle for liberation of Kashmir would be continued.
He added, people are facing shortage of food and other necessary items. No one
from human rights activities or even journalists are allowed to travel the occupied
territory. Phone and net connections are disconnected and there is no contact of
occupied land with rest of the world for last ten days.
He further, though rights under Indian rule was not real destination of the people of
Jammu and Kashmir but the BJP-led Indian government has attempted to repeal
special status and erase identity of people of Jammu and Kashmir by revoking
Articles 370 and 35-A.
Other speakers of the gathering also condemned recent actions of Indian
government in Indian occupied Kashmir. They called for end of curfew in the
occupied territory and release of the Kashmir leaders and activists.
The demonstrators called for immediate international attention on the existing
situation in Indian occupied Kashmir. They specially urged that UN Security
Council to take its responsibility on the issue of Kashmir by taking serious action
against Indian atrocities in occupied land.