“Free Kashmir, India Stop Genocide” Banners Flown During IND-SL Match

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Srinagar, July 6: Banners reading “Justice for Kashmir” and “India stop genocide and free Kashmir” were flown over Headingley during India’s World Cup clash with Sri Lanka on Saturday, AFP reported.

It was the second such incident at the event in England , after a banner was flown over the same ground in Leeds during last week’s match between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The ugly scenes were sparked by the flying of a banner over the ground reading: “Justice for Balochistan.”

“We are incredibly disappointed this has happened again,” the International Cricket Council said in a statement. “We do not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

“Throughout the tournament we have worked with local police forces around the country to prevent this type of protest occurring. After the previous incident we were assured by West Yorkshire Police there would not be a repeat of this issue, so we are very dissatisfied it has happened again.”

Last week’s group game between Pakistan and Afghanistan was marred by clashes between fans, prompting a police probe.

(AFP)

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