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  • It’s Eid, the biggest Muslim holiday of the year.

  • These streets should be buzzing

  • and the stores open late into the night,

  • as thousands of families gather

  • to shop, pray and feast.

  • But few people here are celebrating.

  • The city is on lockdown.

  • Were inside one of the world’s most militarized regions,

  • contested by both India and Pakistan.

  • Kashmiris fought to maintain a degree of autonomy

  • for decades.

  • But last week, India stripped that special status away

  • on its side of the border,

  • a move that could lead to more unrest.

  • But these protesters could only be heard

  • on the back streets of their neighborhood.

  • India has sent in thousands of security forces

  • to confine and silence all opposition.

  • In Srinagar, Kashmir’s largest city,

  • they have eyes on each block.

  • Checkpoints are everywhere.

  • They have betrayed us.

  • It was a backstabbing to us as Kashmiris.

  • They have make a prisonthis Kashmir isthe whole

  • Kashmir is now a prison.”

  • And people have almost no way of communicating

  • with the outside world.

  • Indian authorities have cut off the internet,

  • cell phones and even landlines.

  • So, to place a call, some try to come here.

  • It’s a government building with a few phones

  • that may or may not work.

  • With the absence of communication,

  • there is an absence of information.

  • It’s not clear how long the restrictions will last

  • or how much longer people will tolerate them.

  • For now, the streets here are quiet.

  • But there is no peace, and the anger simmers.

It’s Eid, the biggest Muslim holiday of the year.

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