Leading international daily the Washington Post says ground situation in Occupied Kashmir contradicts the Indian official stance of normalcy in the territory. In its special report, the paper notes that while the Indian government and state police officials say the region is calm, videos from the ground and eyewitness reports tell a completely different and indeed a bleak story.
The paper elucidates that because of communications shutdown, photos and video from the ground are hard to come by, but the paper`s Fact Checker team finds visuals which dispute the government`s claims that no protests have taken place and that there is peace in the territory.
The visuals obtained by the Paper show civilians protesting and Indian forces using tear gas and firing to disperse them. Indian government shut down all forms communication in Kashmir including the Internet, cable TV and landlines. Thousands of security forces patrol the streets at checkpoints, and many high-profile political leaders in Kashmir continue to remain in detention.
Indian False Claims
Verified video from that day shows protests did occur. Fact-checkers in India geo-located the protests to the Jenab Saeb mosque in Srinagar, Kashmir. And signs referring to Article 370 verify that these protests were in response to the recent decision, not old video that had resurfaced. The Indian government ultimately walked back its claim.
Video published by the BBC has audio of firing and tear gas as protesters disperse. Officials later acknowledged pellets were fired and caused injuries. Their justification was that “firing” referred to live bullets, not pellets.
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