How Kashmiri try to defend themselves against pellet guns, grenades, & live ammunition

Kashmiri youth pellet defense (from Kashmir Reader) Sept 12 2016

Today, Kashmir Reader published an article about how Kashmiri youth protect themselves from harm against pellet guns, pepper spray, tear gas, & PAVA grenades, & other weapons. They use swimming goggles & discarded x-ray films as body shields. Some are also experimenting with tire rubber & other materials to defend themselves. One of the young men interviewed in the article said he learned about using x-ray sheets for protection from a Palestinian friend on FB.

The point is not that these are sufficient protection from injury or death against the armaments of one of the best-equipped military forces in the world, but that the spirit of defiance against occupation is so powerful that protesters go up against that military unarmed & undeterred by the dangers. That spirit & the creativity of determination is what the occupation army is trying to destroy when it disables, blinds, & injures thousands of protesters.

Long live Kashmiri Intifada. End the occupation. Self-determination for Kashmir.

(Photo from Kashmir Reader)