By stifling peaceful protests, government is incentivising violent form of protest: Sajad Lone

Srinagar, Jan 01: J&K Peoples Conference President Sajad Gani Lone today while questioning the J&K adminitration’s logic behind stifling peaceful protests, asserted that such actions go against the spirit of democracy. 

In a series of tweets, Sajad said that “I can’t see any valid reason why the state administration should stop political parties from protesting. Isn’t right to protest intrinsic to the concept of a vibrant democracy.

“Not being critical. But state administration really needs to reassess and reevaluate. Democracy is a precious relic for which thousands have laid down their lives in the last 3 decades,” he said.

“Please do not unwittingly or erroneously damage it beyond recognition,” Lone said.

He further asserted that by stifling space for peaceful protests, the administration is inadvertently incentivising violent form of protest.

“Non violent mode of protest in the context of violent strife needs to facilitated not stifled. If you stop political, non violent protests what are you incentivising by default. You are incentivising and facilitating and setting the conditions for a violent form of protest”, he added. kns

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