THE protests sparked by the Kashmir government's decision to allot a state land to a Hindu shrine board continue to persist, leading to a complete shutterdown strike in the business centers across the occupied state on Saturday. The one-day strike call was given by the Jammu-Kashmir Coordination Committee to draw the world's attention to gross human rights violations against those struggling to liberate themselves from the Indian yoke of repression. News reports indicated that the police lobbed teargas shells and fired rubber bullets to disperse protestors throwing rocks and chanting slogans against India. Several people were injured in the clash. "Protest against Indian occupation peacefully," comes a message from Syed Ali Geelani, APHC leader. Addressing a public gathering in Srinagar, APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq called upon the OIC to intervene and help Kashmiris secure the right of self-determination. Expressing concern over the situation in Jammu where innocent people were being tortured and arrested, he rightly warned the Indian leadership not to forget that the people's movement could not crushed with force. It must be depressing for New Delhi to find former Held Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed picking holes in its policy of suppressing the freedom movement through military means. And he suggested that the government of India engage in constructive, comprehensive, purposeful and productive dialogue not only with Pakistan but also with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. This wake-up call from an erstwhile puppet need not to be ignored by the Indian leadership since it is in consonance with the world's view of the state of affairs in the Indian occupied state.