Internet in Kashmir – level 3
On Wednesday, Indian authorities temporarily restored full Internet access in Kashmir. Seven months ago, India cancelled Kashmir´s status as a semiautonomous state and locked down the region.
People will have Internet services until March 17. Indian authorities did not explain the time limit; however, they described this move as a step towards a normal state in Kashmir.
In August 2019, India´s government withdrew Kashmir´s special rights as the only Muslim-majority state, and it started to heavily restrict the movement of Kashmir´s residents. India also shut down the Internet to put an end to anti-India protests in Kashmir.
India annexed Kashmir to support development in the region. However, Kashmir´s officials said that the lockdown already cost the local economy more than $2.4 billion dollars.
Difficult words: semiautonomous (having its own government but working withing a larger entity), lock down (to not allow people move in or out of a place), withdraw (to take away), annex (to take possession of an area without permission).
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