- Kashmiri Commemoration: India’s Independence Day to be observed as Black Day.
- Symbolic Protest: Kashmiris express resentment against India’s actions through Black Day observance.
- Annual Tradition: Kashmiri people worldwide denounce India’s policies on August 15.
Amid ongoing tensions, residents of Jammu and Kashmir on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and worldwide are set to mark India’s Independence Day on August 15 as a Black Day. The annual observance is a stark reminder of their enduring resentment against India’s actions, particularly the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5, 2019.
Kashmiris view this day as an opportunity to denounce India’s persistent denial of their right to self-determination and to highlight India’s relentless state terrorism, backed by its massive military presence. The region has witnessed severe atrocities, with a history of over seven decades of struggle for liberation from Indian rule.
Anti-India rallies and protest demonstrations will dominate the scene on both sides of the LoC. Participants, wearing black armbands, will march through city streets carrying black banners and placards expressing their resentment against India. Black flags will be raised on private buildings as a symbol of defiance.
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, protest rallies and processions will be held in various cities, including the capital, Muzaffarabad, to voice strong opposition to Indian imperialism. The black day signifies the world’s largest prison, referring to the situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) since August 5, 2019.
In Mirpur, a significant protest rally will commence from the District Courts premises, organized by the National Events Organizing Committee Mirpur district. This widespread movement across the region seeks to reiterate the displeasure against the Indian government’s actions.
Despite ongoing challenges, Kashmir’s determination to voice its discontent and fight for its rights remains undeterred. The Black Day observance underscores the deep-seated sentiments of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for justice and freedom.