CAIR-Georgia to Co-Sponsor #StandwithKashmir March on Saturday, August 10th

(ATLANTA, GA - 8/9/2019) -- On Saturday, August 10th, Georgia residents of Kashmiri and Pakistani descent plan to hold a protest march in downtown Atlanta alongside local faith leaders, activists and human rights groups in opposition to the Indian government's renewed oppression of Kashmir, a Muslim-majority region of India.

Co-sponsors of the march include Stand with Kashmir, Atlanta Kashmiris, CAIR-Georgia, ICNA Council for Social Justice, Jewish Voice for Peace, Project South, Burmese Rohingya Community of Georgia.

During the march, which is scheduled to begin outside Centennial Olympic Park at 4 pm, protesters plan to raise public awareness about the plight of the Kashmiri people by sharing stories from Georgia residents who have been cut off from their family and friends in Kashmir.  

Last week, 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. 

SEE: India-Administered Kashmir Cut Off From World 

Protesters also plan to call on the United States to stand up 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.  

In a statement, Georgia activist and Stand With Kashmir member Sameera Fazili said:

"We urge people of conscience to come out and show support and solidarity for the people of Kashmir as authoritarianism and Islamophobia rise around the world, from India to the United States to Europe. Come show your support for human rights, international law, and democracy." 

Stand with Kashmir is a Kashmiri diaspora-led international solidarity movement that seeks to end the occupation and support the right to Kashmiri self-determination. 

WHAT:  #StandwithKashmir Protest

WHEN:  Saturday, August 10th, 4 pm to 5 pm EST

WHERE: March starts outside Centennial Olympic Park near the Omni Hotel

MEDIA CONTACT: Sameera Fazili, sameera.fazili@gmail.com716-390-6335

EVENT PAGE: https://m.facebook.com/events/361327787892284/?ti=as 

Background: In early August, the Indian government asked tourists and Hindu pilgrims to leave Kashmir, citing fears of a potential terror attack in the region. It deployed tens of thousands of troops, imposed a state-wide curfew, placed leaders under house arrest, cut communications and shut down local media. 

As Kashmiris were locked up in their homes, Narendra Modi’s government announced on August 5, that it would revoke Article 370, a special clause in the Indian constitution that gave Kashmir the ability to make its own laws and have its own constitution. Kashmiris were neither consulted nor informed of the move, making the actions unconstitutional and illegal.  

Though India has eroded Kashmir’s semi-autonomy over the years, the removal of Article 370 is a brazen show of force and disregard for the political aspirations of Kashmiris who have been waiting for the right to self-determination since it was promised by UN Resolution 47 in 1948. It also paves the way for India to change the demographics in the valley.

Even prior to the developments this week, Kashmir has long been one of the flash points between nuclear armed India and Pakistan. Over 70,000 people have been killed since the armed rebellion began in 1989. Around 8,000 people have ‘disappeared’, and since 2016, more than 6,000 have suffered eye injuries from pellet guns, in what the New York Times called “an epidemic of dead eyes”.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND/OR INTERVIEWS:

MEDIA CONTACT: Sameera Fazili, sameera.fazili@gmail.com716-390-6335


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