(DALLAS, TX, 10/26/2019) – On Sunday, Oct. 27, the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) will join DFW Kashmir Unity Forum, Friends of Kashmir, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), and a number of local Islamic Centers for a rally at the John F Kennedy Memorial Plaza to oppose the Indian government's ongoing oppression of Kashmir, a Muslim-majority region of India.
WHAT: World Kashmir Day Rally at Dallas Fort-Worth
WHERE: John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, 646 Main St, Dallas TX, 75202
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 5 – 6:30 P.M.
A few months ago, India's far-right government cancelled Kashmir's semi-autonomous legal status and imposed martial law on millions of Kashmiris, cutting off the internet, banning reporters, setting a curfew, and opening fire on protesters. On September 22, DFW Kashmir Unity Forum organized 40 buses and almost 3,000 people to rally outside of the “Howdy Modi” event in Houston in protest of India’s brutality in Kashmir.
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“India’s brutality in the region must end and the Kashmiri people must be given the opportunity to choose their future,” said Dr. Piracha, a representative of DFW Kashmir Unity Forum. “India is quickly abandoning its democratic institutions and is on a dangerous path. The United States must take action to help the people of Kashmir and support democratic efforts in India.”
Demonstrators plan to call on the United States to stand against India's occupation of Kashmir and demand the immediate restoration of mobile and landlines in the region, an end to the curfew and the complete demilitarization of the region. Letters will be collected that will be sent to elected officials. The program will include speeches from activists, and an absentee funeral prayer for the victims of the ongoing violence.
“Many Texans have family members in Kashmir and India who are subjected to state sponsored violence, repression and fear. We must hold the Modi government accountable for these human rights violations,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-DFW.
Many residents of Dallas Fort-Worth have lost contact with their families in Kashmir. Others are unable to speak out against the Modi government out of fear of being denied entry to visit family in India and for fear of family members in India. The blackout in Kashmir is has continued for 80 days without any internet, cell phone, or media access. Many Texans are seeking help to connect to their family members to learn about their safety.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
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CONTACT: : Dr. Bilal Hussain Piracha Representative of DFW Kashmir Unity Forum, 405-343-5538, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org