Kashmiris Turn Out For Polls Despite Threats
1 February 2005
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Demonstrators in Kashmir burnt tyres and threw stones at police on Tuesday, protesting against the first municipal polls in 27 years, police and witnesses said in the region. They reported no injuries in the protest. Many shops and businesses were closed in the revolt- racked region's main city, Srinagar, in response to a call by the main political separatist alliance, the All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference, to boycott the elections. The poll to choose town councils in Kashmir, the cause of two out of the three India- Pakistan wars, is being held in four phases. Tuesday was the second stage of voting. 'We appeal to people to exhibit their resentment against the futile exercise by remaining indoors on election day,' a statement of the hardline faction of Hurriyat said.