Authorities relax curfew in Kashmir city; protests persist

Authorities have lifted a curfew in most parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city after a 17-day security lockdown, but shops and businesses remained shut due to a strike to protest Indian rule in the Himalayan region.

Hundreds of residents burned tires and chanted anti-India slogans on the streets of Srinagar on Tuesday. Several mosques in the area blared pro-freedom slogans.

The curfew, which was lifted Tuesday in most of the city, had been imposed in troubled areas of southern Kashmir after the largest anti-India street protests in recent years in Kashmir erupted following the July 8 killing of a top rebel commander in fighting with government forces.

Since then, most parts of Kashmir have been under security lockdown, though the protests against Indian rule have persisted.