A protest demonstration was organized by Kashmir Council EU on the occasion of Indian Republic Day (26th January) in front of Indian Embassy in Brussels, the capital of Belgium Friday.
It is important to mention that Kashmiris observe the Indian Republic Day falling on 26th January as black day every year. Protest in Brussels was attended by a large number of the people from different walks of life. Holding placards and banner with a number of slogans against India, the protesters called for immediate end of Indian atrocities in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK). They raised slogan against the human rights violations in IHK.
Addressing the protest gathering, Kashmir Council EU’s Chairman Ali Raza Syed asked New Delhi to fulfil its promise for giving right of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He emphasized that India should end brutalities against the Kashmiris and let the Kashmiris to decide their future in an free and independent environment. Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed said that Kashmiri nation is not ready to compromise on their right to self-determination.
Other speakers including member Brussels parliament Dr Zahoor Manzoor said, Indian claims for being largest democracy of the world but it refuses the democratic rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir as severe atrocities against the people are continued for a long time. They said, peace in Kashmir is connected to the whole region. If Kashmir is witness of peace, the whole region would be witness of peace and prosperity.
A memorandum was also handed over to the Indian Embassy in Brussels in which the Kashmir Council EU conveyed a message to Indian state and government that there is no point in glorifying the democracy if people are living in miseries under the might of the gun. India should withdraw its forces from IHK and end its undemocratic and illegal rule over Kashmir, the letter addressing the New Delhi emphasized.
The protesters said, India is the so-called “biggest” democracy of the world because New Delhi is ruthlessly suppressing the democratic rights of Kashmiris and continuously killing the innocent Kashmiri people as well.
They demanded the international community to support the people of Kashmir in the context of their political fate. There is an urgent need of international intervention for the just resolution of the long standing Kashmir dispute.