Anti-Pope protests continue in Kashmir
16 September 2006
Indo-Asian News Service
Srinagar: Anti-Pope protests continued in Jammu and Kashmir Saturday even as senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani called for a general shutdown Monday against Benedict XVI's remarks against Islam and Prophet Mohammad.Hundreds of lawyers marched through south Kashmir's Anantnag town shouting slogans against the Pope.In Srinagar, activists of the women's separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Milat (daughters of faith) staged a protest rally even as the authorities maintained restraint in dispersing the peaceful protesters.Under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which is in force in the city, an assembly of five or more people is deemed as unlawful.'With a highly emotional issue like this, we are trying our best not to disturb peaceful protesters unless they tend to become unruly,' said a senior police officer.