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Protests defy military rule in Pakistan

by Riaz Ahmed, International Socialists Pakistan
Issue No. 2079

Last week was very eventful for the left in Karachi.

On Tuesday 200 journalists were arrested when the police attacked their demonstration.

The demo did wonders – it was amazing to see so many young, old, courageous and otherwise not-so-courageous people defying police threats and state repression.

There is now a big alliance of professionals, NGOs and individuals from the left involved in “flash” protests – where a group meets to hold a short and visible protest and then disperses.

Meanwhile, a brilliant strike by university teachers and students in Balochistan in the south west of the country is now entering its second month.

The journalists in Karachi are planning to protest every day and some trade union platforms have called meetings in the city to discuss the way forward for the movement.

For more on Pakistan go to » Pakistan on the edge of turmoil or »

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Tue 27 Nov 2007, 18:48 GMT
Issue No. 2079
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