NEW YORK: Hundreds of Kashmiris, demanding their inalienable right of self-determination, staged a big demonstration in front of the Indian Mission to the United Nations in New York on Sunday afternoon to protest against Indian occupation of Kashmir and repression let loose in the disputed state.
Carrying Azad Kashmir flags, men, women and children waved placards and chanted slogans: “We Want Freedom From India,” “India Forces: Out of Kashmir”, and “Wake Up UN.”
They also condemned the Indian forces’ violation of human rights in the Kashmir valley and other parts of the region, where over the years more than 100,000 people have died in the uprising for freedom from New Delhi’s rule in the state.
More people from adjoining states are still pouring in.
Among the demonstrators were people who have travelled to New York from London and Canada.
The protestor will later march to the UN Headquarters where the main demonstration will take place. Kashmiri leaders -Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, Ghulam Nabi Fai and Sardar Sawar Khan- will be among those who will address the demonstrators.