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Omar confronted by protesters in Berkeley; calls it a ‘tamasha’


Washington, Apr 20: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was stalled by a group of protesters, mostly consisting of Kashmiri Americans, at University of California, Berkeley in the United States (US) on Thursday.
A woman who was the part of the protesting group called Omar Abdullah and his father Farooq Abdullah a “war criminal”.
“I will take you to International Court. You are a war criminal. You, your father, your grandfather. You will see,” said the female protester.
The protesting group, which also consisted of Kashmiri Pandits interrupted Omar’s speech at the University.
One of them, a Kashmiri Pandit, said, “You talk to me in Kashmiri, I speak better Kashmiri.”
Later, Omar dubbed the confrontation as “tamasha”, saying he had a great session at the UC Berkeley.
In the video, some Kashmiri-Americans could be seen confronting Abdullah as he was leaving after making his speech. The protesters threatened of taking him to the International Criminal Court and accused him of playing “dirty politics”.
However, Omar said that out of over 150 audiences, four hecklers waited till the end of the event to make “YouTube videos.”
“I had a great session at @UCBerkeley & don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. FOUR hecklers (in an audience of 150+) who waited till the event concluded to make YouTube videos of themselves can’t take away from an excellent Q&A session there,” Omar tweeted while sharing the pictures of the event.
Omar also said that he was looking forward to the organisers of the event to upload the video of the entire session so that people would know the substantial stuff before a ‘short tamasha.’
“I’m looking forward to the organisers putting the video of the entire session online so that the people who’ve seen the short tamasha can see how much substantial stuff happened before that,” Omar wrote in his next tweet.
“And lastly I’ve never claimed to be universally loved or even liked so if 4 people in such a large audience make their dislike known it’s really not such a big deal at all. At least no one threw eggs or a shaving foam pie at me,” Omar tweeted.