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Kashmir: bloody stalemate

The shout was 'Azadi' - 'freedom!' In August 2009, hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris took to the streets in the largest popular protests in nearly two decades. Frustrated with the bloody, brutal stalemate between the Indian army and militants local and foreign, ordinary people rose up in the belief that a non-violent approach could lead to freedom.

After sixty years of Indian rule, the Kashmir Valley remains the most densely militarised zone in the world. The local population, 95% of whom are Muslim, have been forced to share their lives with half a million heavily armed soldiers. The conflict has left at least 60,000 people dead and 10,000 missing.

2009 marks the 20th anniversary since militant Muslims took up arms to fight Indian rule.
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