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Protests shut down shops, businesses

Associated Press / July 24, 2011

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SRINAGAR - Shops and businesses shut down yesterday in Indian-controlled Kashmir to protest an alleged abduction and rape that triggered two days of violent anti-India demonstrations. The protests kindled concerns of a return to the deadly street violence that has consumed the disputed Himalayan region in recent years. Police have barred public gatherings in Manzgam village, where thousands marched Friday and threw stones at law enforcement officers, who responded by swinging batons and firing tear gas, police said. At least five civilians and four officers were injured.

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