Sunday, February 12, 2006

Next Up...The Big Arbor Day Riot

Dukhtaran-e-Millat activists burn Valentine's Day cards in Kashmir

Associated Press
Posted online: Friday, February 10, 2006 at 1624 hours IST

Srinagar, February 10: Nearly two dozen black-veiled Muslim women stormed gift and stationery shops Friday in Kashmir, burning Valentine's Day cards and posters to protest a holiday they say imposes Western values on Muslim youth.

No one was hurt in the half-dozen or so incidents, and police cordoned off the area to prevent the women from marching through Srinagar's main shopping district to continue their ransacking.

The women were from the Kashmiri Islamic group Dukhtaran-e-Millat, or Daughters of the Community, Kashmir's only women's separatist group, whose members are also known for their fiercely conservative social views.

"We will not let anyone sell these cards or celebrate Valentine's Day," said Asiya Andrabi, the group's leader, as she held a burning poster in her hand. "These Western gimmicks are corrupting our kids and taking them away from their roots."

The adherents of this "religion of peace" are on a real roll. I understand the headquarters of Hallmark cards is on a condition 1 security level A++ super secret squirrel alert. Actually I find the reactionary violent reaction to everything that offends some people (read Radical Muslims) in this world to be rather disturbing.

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