Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have observed or are observing Kashmir Solidarity Day today expressing support for the besieged people of Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK).
Rallies, seminars and other events have been organized in different parts of the world as IOK remains under total lockdown since August 5, 2019.
The largest rallies were organized in Pakistan where support among the masses is very strong for their Kashmiri brothers and sisters.
This year’s Kashmir Solidarity Day is particularly important as the Indian military lockdown enters 185th day.
There is total security clampdown and communication blackout in Indian Occupied Kashmir since August 5.
Since the rise to power of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India, life for minorities has become particularly grim.
The BJP’s storm troopers, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), the fascist outfit that follows the racist ideology of Hindu supremacy patterned on the ideology of Nazism, have targeted the people of IOK and Muslims and other minorities in India.
The Narendra Modi regime has also embarked on a policy of disinformation with its Internet trolls spreading totally false news.
Unfortunately much of the Indian media has bought into this diabolical scheme and is busy spreading fake news for a few crumbs.
The BJP storm troopers are quick to attack any journalist that dares to show any integrity.
Since August 5, the government of Pakistan and friends of the Kashmiri people around the world have made great efforts to inform the international community and human rights organizations about the grim situation in IOK.
Several programs have been organized in Canada as well. Both in Toronto and Ottawa, trucks with display boards about Kashmir on both sides are driving on main streets in the cities today.
In Toronto, the truck is driving on Bloor Street in front of the Indian Consulate (365 Bloor St East) and up and down Yonge Street, the busiest street in Toronto.
The truck makes stops at Dundas Square, opposite the Eaton’s Shopping Mall, as well as the Indian Consulate to deliver the message that India’s atrocious conduct in Kashmir is unacceptable.
Thousands of people have already seen the displays and videos being shown on the sides of the truck and have been asking questions of volunteers monitoring the situation.
Indian occupation forces and the Modi regime, aware of the impact of negative publicity of their atrocious conduct, have tried to hoodwink the world into believing that they have ‘eased’ some restrictions.
They claim that roadblocks have been removed, and landlines and some mobile phone services have been restored.
The ground reality for the 8 million Kashmiris, however, is very different.
Major cities in Occupied Kashmir remain under lockdown and look like ghost towns.
This was also evident today as the Kashmiris observed total strike to show their rejection of Indian occupation.
Tens of thousands of youth have been taken into custody and their whereabouts are unknown. Both the police and army routinely terrorize people.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), an unruly mob of Hindu fascists, is particularly brutal in their treatment of civilians.
It is for people of conscience that care for human rights and dignity for all people to raise their collective voice for the suffering Kashmiris.
The Kashmiris demand the right of self-determination and a life of dignity and honor free from the brutal Indian occupation.