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India further chokes Kashmir as protesters march on UN office

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SRINAGAR: After local protesters called for a protest march to a UN office in the capital city of the Indian occupied Kashmir on Friday, Indian authorities further tightened security, increasing paramilitary presence on the roads and blocking checkpoints.

Protesters, who appeared overnight this week in Srinagar called for a march to the office of the UN Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).  

The call for protests is aimed against India’s revocation of Jammu and Kashmir state’s special autonomy.

Ever since the decision to revoke Article 370 on August 5, which was followed by communication lock down, travel restrictions and curfew, this is a first call by separatists seeking succession from India.

The UNMOGIP, which was set up in 1949 after the first war between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, monitors ceasefire violations along the border between the countries.

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