The Long March -Day 1
March 12, 2009 § 1 Comment
From an activist on the ground in Khi (Karachi):
He writes in an email:
political activists, and civil society members defied section 144 to launch the long march to islamabad.
they cannot stop us.
Here are his videos:
Leaving the Sindh High Court, Karachi:
Note the Rangers standing by and the crowd walk through the barricades past the police (@ :20 sec). They don’t seem to making much of an effort to enforce the ban on gatherings in Khi. This, despite a statement by senior-officer-in -charge Wasim Ahmad who said according to GeoTV:
Talking to media, CCPO Karachi said police force is working under specific procedure. Anyone who violates section 144 would be punished and no one is allowed to disturb law and order.
Marching through Saddar Town in Karachi:
Watch the size of the crowd (and it’s just begun!) and listen to the chant:
Jeena ho ga, marna ho ga!
Dharna ho ga, dharna ho ga!
Rough Translation: Life or death, the dharna (sit-in) will happen!
Protesters are marching towards the capital Islamabad. Activists from Karachi and Quetta are expected to arrive in Lahore on the 14th, and converge on the capital by March 16th for a dharna (sit-in).