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Actually the word policeman should no longer apply to these men. These men are thugs and as such should be brought in as criminals. When police operate without respect for the law; without even understanding that they are no longer protecting the people that they are meant to then they are without hope. As for their commanders whose job it is to control their men I say they are even more contemptible.

When I walked from Sane to Padam the next day no one was on the street. In 7 km I saw only 1 Police car and no persons on the street. On entering the town I first visited the hospital as I was feeling sick. Neither the main hospital nor the older wards looked to be inhabited. The 2 nurses that I met seemed to have little to do. It would appear that the patients had gone home where it was safer.

The main street was a ghost town. The next day I took it upon myself to visit various establishments and everywhere people were frightened by the brutality of the police. It is going to take a long time to repair the damage and open their businesses again. Will the Government help these people? I doubt it. I suspect some businesses will give up knowing that those who should be protecting them can at any time destroy their business again.

the Buddhist hotels were targeted by the police

the Buddhist hotels were targeted by the police

So I say to Kashmiris who seek freedom. Always I am led to believe that they would have a more just country if they were free of India. But how can this be so when here is a section of Ladakh that they rule without any compassion in almost the same fashion as they criticize India is doing to them.

Justice, compassion, peace and respect for other people’s religions seems to be so difficult to achieve in this part of the world. Maybe I will never understand what Kashmiris mean by freedom.

Denis Buchanan


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