Gwadar ko Haq do Tehreek
After what they claimed was the government’s failure to fulfil a deadline of November 20 to execute their demands, tens of thousands of demonstrators, including women and children, stopped a road leading to Gwadar port on Sunday.
Fishermen, students, and workers who had gathered for the event, led by Maulana Hidayatur Rehman, leader of the Gwadar Haq Do Tehreek, marched toward the port while chanting anti-government slogans.
What Are The Demands of The Protestors?
The movement’s demands include ending trawlers’ illegal fishing within Balochistan’s maritime borders, finding missing people, making the most concessions possible in border trade with Iran, putting an end to drugs, and other Gwadar-related issues.
Sunday was the 25th day of a new round of sit-ins and protests that started on October 27 and followed a month of similar demonstrations last year that included some of the biggest gatherings the port city’s estimated 100,000 citizens had ever seen.
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Maulana Rehman and other speakers at the gathering harshly criticized the federal and provincial governments for failing to carry out the deal agreed with the movement leaders the previous year.
Maulana Rehman posted on Twitter, “The Haq Do movement’s struggle will continue till the problems are remedied. Today, the people of Gwadar have once more sent the governing classes a loud and obvious message. Public opinion will force the port’s closure if attention is not given.”
Continuation of Last Year
Last year, Haq Do Tehreek also staged sit-ins, which were only terminated after provincial and federal authorities gave the demonstrators assurances that their demands would be satisfied. But individuals are once more driving for their cause.