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India: Kashmir tightens security for anti-film protest

  • 21 September 2012
  • From the section India
Srinagar on Friday 21 Sept 2012
Security has been tightened across Kashmir Valley

Authorities have imposed strict restrictions on public movement in Indian-administered Kashmir after reports that protests are being planned against the amateur anti-Islam film.

A holiday has been declared in schools and colleges, officials said.

Minor clashes between police and protesters have been reported in some areas and security has been tightened across the Muslim-majority valley.

Protests have been held all over the Muslim world against the US-made video.

Several religious and separatist groups in the Kashmir valley have announced their decision to support the Pakistani call to observe Friday as a "day of love for Prophet Muhammad", the BBC's Riyaz Masroor reports from Srinagar.

Earlier, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah convened a special meeting of his cabinet to condemn the controversial video.

Officials in the chief minister's office said internet providers had been ordered to suspend the download or upload of any content regarding the banned movie, our correspondent adds.

Over the past few days, separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have also spoken against the anti-Islam movie and called for protests.

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