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National Week of Action for the Hunza Five starts with protest at Lahore Press Club

June 27, 2012

Around 30 to 40 activists of Labour Party Pakistan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, International Socialists and National Students Federation staged a demonstration today in support of Baba Jan and four other activists imprisoned in Gilgit-Baltistan since September 2011 for demanding compensation for the people affected by the Attabad Lake disaster.

They demanded that terrorism charges pressed against Baba Jan and the other four political activists, known as the Hunza Five, be dropped and they be released from the prison with immediate effect. They said the Hunza Five were arrested for demonstrating against the killing of a father and a son by Hunza police at a protest arranged by families rendered homeless by the Attabad Lake disaster.
They referred to the grant of the activists’ bail application in the charges relating to the August 2011 incident as a step in the right direction. But, they said, the LPP and other left-wing political parties and student organisations in the country would continue struggling until Baba Jan and other four activists were acquitted of all charges.

The protesters lamented the misuse of the Anti-Terrorism Act in suppressing the voices of people demanding their rights. They said that besides the Hunza Five, six power-loom workers in Faisalabad had also been imprisoned under the Anti-Terrorism Act for protesting against their factory administrations.

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