Monday, November 07, 2005

Titrinote, Kashmir - Pakistani police fired tear gas into the air and beat back angry earthquake survivors as they tried to cross the disputed Line of Control border into India, where aid and family awaited them. Four weeks after the devastating earthquake, which left 73,000 dead, India agreed to open a single point along the heavily militarized border. Crowds approached the border chanting "let people cross" and "what we want is freedom" but because of bureaucratic delays, the only thing the soldiers allowed to cross the line was a staged handshake photo-op and a token amount of desperately needed relief aid.