Thousands of people participated in a "Kashmir Freedom" march from Parliament Square to the Indian High Commission in London on Tuesday, September 3. Participants of the march demanded an end to an ongoing curfew imposed by India on Jammu and Kashmir state.
Similar demonstrations may occur over the coming weeks amid elevated tensions between India and Pakistan. A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected near all gatherings.
Following a cabinet meeting on August 5, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah proposed to parliament that Article 370 in the Constitution, which accords Jammu and Kashmir a special autonomous status, be revoked. He also proposed that Jammu and Kashmir be reorganized as a Union Territory with an Assembly, and Ladakh be a separate Union Territory with no legislature.
After New Delhi rescinded the state's effective constitutional autonomy, a curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, along with a blockage of landlines and internet services in many areas. Thousands protested the move in Srinagar on August 9, with Indian police firing tear gas and pellets to disperse demonstrators. On August 10, rocks, wooden structures, and other objects placed by demonstrators on a major road blocked traffic; shops were also closed in the city.
Individuals in London are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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