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Bea @HerNameIs_Bea
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So #Facebook & #Instagram (second time in 3 weeks) deleted my accounts. For sharing information about #Kashmir. No explanations or replies to my questions are given. Of course this is not about Facebook, nor about me, but the much more dangerous path SM is taking.
It is all about Justice & about what is happening to many people living under oppression & facing severe surveillance & suppression on the ground and even online.
It is about principals & rights. Human rights. Enshrined in statues & bragged about. Said to be universal. Said to be
I don't know ONE Kashmiri who hasn't been subjected to some form of censorship. On the ground there are far worse consequences than removed posts. Journalists (and MANY civilians) have been trashed, arrested & targeted when covering human rights violations by India.
Online Kashmiris suffer from extreme censorship. Hundreds (If not thousands) of accounts have been taken down. Posts are removed. Content is reported en masse for no valid reason. AND social media complies with this censorship. So does media, who doesn't take it to the headlines.
I can honestly say that I never have been faced with worse abuse than last years, when raising concerns about the atrocities in Indian occupied #Kashmir. Non stop threats & vile allegations, that now turned to being blocked without reason. Left to roam are the violent abusers.
Marc Lamont Hill got a massive backup, when fired for talking about Palestine. Hasan Minhaj got world media in spin for a comic show censored on order from Saudi Arabia.
Say #Kashmir though & the whole world turns a blind eye when you are banned for talking about #HUMANRIGHTS
It's nauseating to see courageous Kashmiri voices being muzzled & cut off, while their homes & lives literally is one big inferno.
It is devastating to know how their every day already is a struggle & that they also get punished for witnessing about it. Everywhere. By all means.
To the point: I couldn't care less about social media.
I do care though that a HUGE amount of #Kashmir related content is put in quarantine with NO voices raised against it.
I do care about people getting maimed, trashed, murdered & on top silenced when trying to tell about it.
That my voice now is targeted is not the main issue. Because I am of course targeted for amplifying the plight of a people living under a brutal occupation that suffocates life. A people that SHOULD have our support, but are thrown under the bus & denied justice. In ALL spaces.
We can't sit idle & let the people of #Kashmir not only live under occupation, but also be targeted & muted everywhere.
Muting my voice is of course because my voice amplified what we are not supposed to hear - namely how ugly & brutal the ground reality really is in #Kashmir.
Protest peacefully" they say, but when we do ONLY by raising our voices, with a sea of evidences & a decent language, we get attacked viciously. First by a brigade of abusers that threat, stalk & intimidate (without any repercussion) & when that doesn't work by being cut off.
#Twitter #Facebook or #Instagram doesn't matter. We can do without them. But we can't do without the people struggling harder than anything to be heard. They are not comedians at #Netflix, but people living under a brutal military occupation since decades.
Truth will of course not die with this. Hard struggling Kashmiri voices will keep telling us the stories. They basically risk their lives to do so. Every. Single. Day. The least we can do to help them is to OPPOSE every restriction, ban & suspension of these voices. OPPOSE.
Silence is NOT an option when all rights are denied.
Social media must take responsibility & explain why they collude with oppressive regimes & on what grounds they ban, censor & restrict Kashmiri voices.
#Media must do their part & highlight both the atrocities & the #Censorship
To my Kashmiri friends, You are absolutely heroic, who keep informing us from & about the ground reality!

To my international friends, a grave injustice is taking place & is silenced!

To #Twitter #Facebook #Instagram- You are supporting #HumanRights violations!

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