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Kashmiri Muslims clash with police

June 28, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Thousands of Muslims angry about plans to expand a Hindu shrine clashed with police in Kashmir in some of the largest protests in two decades against Indian rule.

Police used live ammunition, tear gas and bamboo batons against rock-throwing demonstrators protesting plans to build facilities for pilgrims on state land around the shrine.

Protesters say the Hindu-dominated central government is trying to build Hindu settlements that would change the demographic balance in this Muslim-majority region.

Three people have been killed in five days of protests.

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