Indian Kashmir shuts to honor protesters' deaths

AP News
Posted: Jun 11, 2012 5:49 AM
Indian Kashmir shuts to honor protesters' deaths

Armed police are patrolling Kashmir's main city of Srinagar where schools and some shops are shut in a strike called to honor people killed in 2010 protesting Indian rule over the Himalayan territory.

A lack of public transport prevented government employees from getting to work Monday. Some shop owners ignored the strike and opened their businesses.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, with frequent street protests by rock-throwing youths. An Indian crackdown against one protest in 2010 killed at least 112 people.

A violent uprising started in 1989 was mostly suppressed, but left some 68,000 dead in separatist violence and ensuing crackdowns. Kashmir remains divided between India and Pakistan.