‘Revolution Movement’: Youths protest against US presence

Published: February 28, 2011

Members of the Pakistan Revolution Movement hold a demonstration in Lahore on February 27, 2011. PHOTO: NNI

LAHORE: Two demonstrations by young people protesting various aspects of the American presence in Pakistan were staged in the city on Sunday. The organisers of both protests vowed to hold much larger rallies next month.

Around 250 people gathered at Liberty roundabout under the banner of a group called the Pakistan Future Forum to protest at the Raymond Davis killings. They gave speeches condemning American policies and expressing sympathy with Davis’ alleged victims. Some emphasised that they condemned American policies but were not trying to incite anti-Americanism.

Advocate Adnan Ahsan Khan, a member of the forum, said that this was the third meeting of the group, organised via Facebook and Twitter, and each meeting had been larger than the previous ones. “Today’s meeting was to let the members of the forum raise their concerns, decide the future agenda and delegate duties,” he said

He said 30,000 people had pledged online to attend the next meeting, planned for March 3, and he expected that number to grow to 50,000. He said that the next target of the group’s protest would be the present government system. “We will change the culture of corruption and bribery,” he said.

Some 150 people calling themselves the Pakistan Revolution Movement gathered at the Lahore Press Club, in another protest organised on Facebook. The protesters, who included Khaksaar Tehreek activists, chanted slogans demanding that all American spies be kicked out of Pakistan and marched towards the US consulate.

The protesters demanded that Davis be tried and hanged in Pakistan and that the government not try to grant him diplomatic immunity.

They vowed to hold a bigger rally on March 23 when they would march on Islamabad and urged young people, particularly fresh graduates with professional degrees, to join them.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 28th, 2011.

Reader Comments (6)

  • feroze
    Feb 28, 2011 - 3:57PM

    Wow 5 people in the picture and its made to look like it was huge!! I wonder how many of these people would go to America for higher education if they could get a visa and afford it. The RD issue is getting so over used its boring now. He is under trial and the court will decide his fate, but everyone and their uncle are clamoring that he be tried, CONVICTED and hung……….yet we have people like the MULLAH brigade demanding FREEDOM for Mumtaz Qadri who in cold blood shot and killed a sitting governor, confessed to the crime and is being actually tried instead of being sent straight to the gallows!!Recommend

  • Tahir
    Feb 28, 2011 - 11:27PM

    @feroze, You using the phrase ‘go to america for higher education’ is over used by you and is boring. Majority of students don’t go america. The people have the right to protest and you should respect that.Recommend

  • Mar 1, 2011 - 11:11AM

    Yes, the youth of Pakistan gives message to the world that they will step forward to initiate justice in Pakistan. @ Feroze how can you corelate RD and MQ cases, they both have there individual identities and both cases are in the trail process. What Pakistani youth is doing is to pressurize the Government to do the right decisions by rejecting American pressure. Your view is respected by me but you don’t know to respect others opinion brother. Learn that and let the youth of Pakistan decide there own fates inshaALLAHRecommend

  • feroze
    Mar 1, 2011 - 12:31PM

    @Tahir as i said if they could go to America they would!!!!! They cant because they either cant afford it or if they can they are a flight risk. And while they have every right to protest the matter is subjudice so let the Judiciary decide, guilty or not and for what crime.

    @Shoaib excuse me how can i not correlate the two. Here RD reacted to a situation, rightly or wrongly, spy or not. MQ effing killed a sitting governor in cold blood and i cannot respect the opinion of people who support such an act by protesting outside the court against the trial of a self confessed killer or people showering MQ with gifts on Valentines day or lawyers in the hundreds offering free service to him. As for protesting to pressure to Government to do the right thing in a democracy there is a parliment and they should be pressurising their representatives to take the matter up in the house, not on the streets.Recommend

  • JMC
    Mar 2, 2011 - 1:11PM

    well here clearly mr/mrs. feroze is comparing 2 completely different issues. my suggestion “Please dnt reduce issues related to The Prophet to issues related to people.” I hope for u even The Prophet has a reputation and one more thing, in the Prophet’s time there were ppl who went and killed those who blasphemed him except for those whom he forgave himself, he’s not here to forgive sm1 and the Shari’ah comes from Allah (SWT) through the Prophet, it is not something that he speaks on his own.
    Consider sm1 insulting ur parents, nobody can hold back their anger and wud like to punch dat person in face…

    MAFHOOM-E-HADITH
    None of u is a true Muslim if he doesnot love me more then his family and everything else. Recommend

  • feroze
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:52PM

    @jmc excuse me are you saying that what MQ did was OK because Salman Taseer was trying to amend a Man Made Law that discriminates against the poor who have no recourse? It is thinking like yours that had brought this country close to destruction. I love the prophet dearly but i can distinguish right from wrong. I suppose you will even support those that killed the Minorities Minister today!! My god may allah help you and the likes of you and enlighten your thinking and free you from this myopic view you have of Islam, a great religion on the verge of destruction because of extremist interpretations of what the Holy Quran says!!Recommend

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