Protests in Kashmir against Najaf bombing
28 May 2004
SRINAGAR: Hundreds of people today took to the streets here in protest against the U.S. bombing of the Shia shrines in Najaf and Karbala in Iraq. Soon after the Friday prayers, people in the Shia-dominated Budgam town took out a procession, raising slogans against the United States and Israel. They burnt effigies of the U.S. President, George Bush, and the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. Aga Syed Hassan, Shia leader, who led the procession, said: 'This is American terrorism which is calling the shots in Iraq.' The Kashmiri Muslims express their solidarity with the 'oppressed Iraqi nation and salute their courage to fight against the imperial forces,' he added. In Jamia Masjid, where the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq delivered the Friday sermon, a demonstration was held to condemn the U.S. attack on the Muslim shrines.