Monday, May 18, 2009

Police baton charge protestors in Karachi, People take to the streets against prolonged power failures

Karachiites held protest demos against Karachi Electricity Supply Company for its prolonged load shedding in various parts of the city, and police baton charged and tear gassed them, ruthlessly, to disperse them.
As per details, a large number of Karachiites took to streets in different areas of the city including Saddar, Liaqatabad, Nazimabad, New Karachi , Federal B Area, Aisha Manzil, Keamari, Old Gulbahar, Drigh Road, Gulistan Johar and Suparco Road. They raised slogans against the KESC and blocked roads.
Eyewitness said when a group of citizens started protest demo at the Aisha Manzil police resorted to aerial firing. Fortunately, no injury has been reported. Earlier, a large number of citizens gathered at Liaqatabad to protest against unannounced power load shedding.
The demonstrators chanting slogan against KESC administration as well as government. They block the road for an hour and burnt tires. They criticized the authorities concerned for not reining in the KESC from prolonged and unannounced power outages in this very hot weather. They chanted slogans against the government and KESC, saying they were braving prolonged load shedding despite paying highest electricity tariff in whole Pakistan. They criticized the decision of the government to privatize the KESC, saying the private owners of the KESC have miserably failed to deliver. They are only concerned to mint money at the cost of hapless Karachiites.
Heavy police contingent were summoned that asked the protesters to disperse. They resorted to aerial firing, tear gas shelling and baton charge when the protestors refused to go away. Eyewitnesses claimed the police also manhandled some protestors. No senior police officer was available for comment.—RT

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