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(Friend of) Rage Boy Sighting

There appears to have been a "pro-freedom" protest in Indian-controlled Kashmir over the weekend, the type of event that Rage Boy used to love to attend. And, while Rage Boy is still nowhere to be seen, some of his friends seem to have made the trip this time:

Kashmiri Muslim separatist leaders shout pro-freedom slogans during a protest in Magam, some 25 kilometers (16 miles) north of Srinagar, India, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007. Hundreds of people clashed with police Sunday in the Indian portion of Kashmir, hours after burying a 20-year-old man killed by police a day earlier. At least 35 people were injured. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)


Those of you who've followed the "Rage Boy" series on this website will hopefully recognize Rage Giant in the picture above. Oh, and some context would probably be in order:—If the caption above left you with the impression that the Indian police forces just go about all of Kashmir, randomly killing Muslims, be sure to check out the following picture, taken during the Muslim riots at which the 20-year-old man was killed:

Kashmiri Muslim villagers set a police vehicle on fire during a protest in Magam 30 km (18 miles) west of Srinagar December 15, 2007. One person was killed and seven others were wounded when police opened fire on hundreds of demonstrators demanding a college in their town, protesters said. Five policemen were also wounded in the clashes. REUTERS/Danish Ismail (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR)


More photos of the original riots, and the subsequent rent-a-mob "pro-freedom" protests, can be found beyond the fold.

Ye Rioting Mobs


When one walks up to a police officer and punches him in the face, it should not be of any surprise that said police officer fights back. In all of the captions below, however, we're told that "police opened fire" on the protesters, yet this is worded in such a way as to disconnect the police's actions from the violence that was committed against them, when we can pretty much just be honest, and admit that the police were merely defending themselves from violent thugs.

Kashmiri Muslim villagers shout slogans during a protest in Magam 30 km (18 miles) west of Srinagar December 15, 2007. One person was killed and seven others were wounded when police opened fire on hundreds of demonstrators demanding a college in their town, protesters said. Five policemen were also wounded in the clashes. REUTERS/Danish Ismail (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR)


Kashmiri Muslim villagers chase away a police vehicle as they throw stones during a violent protest in Magam some 30 Kilometers North of Srinagar, India, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007. Police fired at thousands of protesters who turned violent during a demonstration demanding a college in their town in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Saturday, killing one person and wounding at least five others, police said. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)


An Indian police officer runs for cover as protesters throw stones at him during a violent protest in Magam some 25 Kilometers (15 miles) north of Srinagar, India, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)


(AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)


REUTERS/Danish Ismail (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR)


REUTERS/Danish Ismail (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR)


REUTERS/Danish Ismail (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR)


A Kashmiri Muslim villager rescues a policeman after he was beaten up by protesters during a violent protest in Magam some 25 Kilometers (15 miles) north of Srinagar, India, Staurday, Dec. 15, 2007. Police fired at thousands of protesters who turned violent during a demonstration demanding a college in their town in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Saturday, killing one person and wounding at least five others, police said. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)


A Kashmiri Muslim villager rescues a policeman (2nd R) after he was beaten up by protesters during a protest in Magam 30 km (18 miles) west of Srinagar December 15, 2007. One person was killed and seven others were wounded when police opened fire on hundreds of demonstrators demanding a college in their town, protesters said. Five policemen were also wounded in the clashes. REUTERS/Danish Ismail (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR)


REUTERS/Danish Ismail (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR)


Kashmiri Muslim villagers beat a police officer as others try to save him during a violent protest in Magam some 25 Kilometers (15 miles) north of Srinagar, India, Staurday, Dec. 15, 2007. Police fired at thousands of protesters who turned violent during a demonstration demanding a college in their town in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Saturday, killing one person and wounding at least five others, police said. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)


Ye Olde Rent-a-Mobbe


Here's the resulting protest. Keep in mind that these people are protesting the fact that the police had the audacity to defend themselves against the violent Muslim mobs.

Kashmiri Muslim villagers shout pro-freedom slogans during a protest in Magam, some 25 kilometers (16 miles) north of Srinagar, India, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007. Hundreds of people clashed with police Sunday in the Indian portion of Kashmir, hours after burying a 20-year-old man killed by police a day earlier. At least 35 people were injured. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)


(AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)


(AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)


(AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)


Kashmiri villagers walk past handcarts set as road blocks by protesters during a protest in Magam, some 25 kilometers (16 miles) north of Srinagar, India, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007. Police on Sunday fired warning shots into the air and used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of Kashmiris protesting the killing of a man in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)


(AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)


[Ed.:—Perhaps he's taking pictures of a legend?](AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)

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Comments:

#1 DJM 17-Dec-2007
"pro-freedom" slogans? Is that the same freedom immigrant 'youths' in Paris suburbs are demanding? The same freedom ethnic Albanians are demanding in Kosovo?

It's ironic that muslims demand freedom for themselves to do whatever they want, to rule as they wish, to oppress women as their faith allows, yet they refuse to give freedom to any non-muslims.
#2 sheikh umar altaf 07-Jan-2008
danish ismail was and is agreat photo journalist in our kashmir.keep it up boss
#3 Umar Shafi Bhat 11-Apr-2009
Mr Danish Ismail was and is one of the great photo journalist of kashmir. He works with honestly and catch the voice of voiceless and innocent peoples in front of allover world
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