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23 Oct 2019 | 10:34 AM UTC

Pakistan: Journalists protest reported in Muzaffarabad October 23

Pakistan News Alert

Journalist protest clashes on October 23 over previous clashes with police that left two dead and injured 80 in Muzaffarabad October 22; heightened security presence and traffic disruptions expected over the coming hours

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/23/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/24/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Pakistan

Event

Journalists reportedly gathered in protest near the Central Press Club in Muzaffarabad (Azad Kashmir) at around 14:00 (local time) on Wednesday, October 23. The rally aims to protest against the violent repression exhibited by security forces during a gathering on Tuesday, October 22.

At least two people were killed and another 80 were wounded in clashes between protesters and police in Muzaffarabad on Tuesday. Police reportedly fired tear gas and charged at protesters as around 4000 gathered for a pro-freedom rally called by the People's National Alliance (PNA) on the Muzaffarabad University grounds. Later that day police raided Muzaffarabad's Central Press Club during a briefing held by the Jammu Kashmir People's National Alliance (JKPNA), injured several journalists in the process.

Further protests are likely in Muzaffarabad over the near term. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected around any demonstration site. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out

Context

October 22 is observed as ''black day'' in the Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan territories, marking the invasion of the territory by Pakistani troops in 1947.

Advice

Individuals in Muzaffarabad are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and public gatherings, anticipate transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence around the conference site, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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