Kashmiris celebrate after Pakistan beat India in the ICC Champions Trophy cricket semifinal at London’s Oval stadium. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
The police in Indian-controlled Kashmir arrested more than 50 people over the weekend for celebrating a victory by the country’s cricket team over its rival, Pakistan.
Many Kashmiris were decked out in national colors, waving Pakistani flags and shouting slogans. An Associated Press journalist who was present said police fired tear gas, beaten with batons and sprayed with a chemical to break up the celebrations.
The all-win series saw Pakistan beat India by 65 runs on Saturday in Cardiff, Wales. The team will play the winner of the semifinal between England and Sri Lanka in Sunday’s final.
The win enabled Pakistan to surpass India’s No. 2 spot in the ICC world rankings.
The sporting rivalry has simmered in Kashmir since 1989, when Muslim separatists and Hindus opposed to Indian rule came together to fight Indian troops deployed to maintain law and order in the disputed territory, a part of India and Pakistan.
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