Fresh protests have flared in Indian-controlled Kashmir following the overnight killings of two civilians by government forces amid a nearly monthlong security lockdown and protest strikes.

Police say thousands of people held street protests Wednesday, chanting "Go India, go back" and "We want freedom." Demonstrations were held in the Pampore area and a neighborhood in Srinagar, the region's main city.

Locals say government forces fired tear gas in Pampore after thousands offered funeral prayers for a young man, one of the two civilians killed overnight.

Over the past month, the Indian-held portion of Kashmir has seen its largest protests against Indian rule in recent years. The protests started after Indian troops killed a rebel commander July 8. At least 50 civilians and one policeman have been killed in protest-related violence.