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)