Over 1000 participated,
* Condemned the American aggression and demanded an immediate end
Police stopped Labour Party Pakistan peace rally before reaching
its scheduled place near Flaties hotel. Police told the organizers
that the presence of Jaish Mohammed (the religious fundamentalist
group) has taken over the main Mall Road and if this demonstration
goes there, there will be a clash with them. The LPP leaders
insisted to go on the main Mall Road but were prevented by the
police to go further. A Public meeting was held there on the spot
and was addressed by the main leaders of LPP.
Earlier, the LPP peace rally started with red flags and banners
demanding the American imperialism to stop the war. Over a 1000
participated in the rally. Over 200 activists were stopped on
different road o Lahore, as police has already sealed many main
roads on the eve of the general strike called by the religious
Half the participants were women. They were raising slogan against
the American attacks and also against the terrorism of religious
fundamentalists. American go back from Asia, Americans stop the
war, Terrorism will not solve the problems. American gangsters Go
Back, No to military government support to Americans, We want
peace, We want bread instead of bombs, were some of the slogans
raised at the rally.
The Peace rally was cheered by the many on the main pavements, as
this was something totally new for them. Many working class
families with red flags and raising slogans against the American
and religious fundamentalists were
Speaking on the occasion, Neelum Hussain of Women Action Forum
condemned the American bombing of innocent Afghan people. She said
Americans has no right to kill people. We have no sympathies with
the terrorists and there are other ways to deal with them, instead
of bombing the Afghan cities. Labour Party Chairman Shoaib Bhatti
told the rally that imperialist strategy is terrorism to stop
terrorism. This will not succeed. This will not solve anything.
Shoaib Bhatti told the economic basis of the war that it is to
control the whole world by American Imperialism. To kill innocent
people on the name of maintaining peace is an insult to the word
Speaking on the occasion, Farooq Tariq condemned the Nobel Peace
Committee to award the Nobel Peace award to Kofi Annan and UN. The
institution has failed to address the question. He said that We
are totally oppose to the
American imperialism attack on Afghanistan But we have no
sympathies for the Talban government. He said the US and the
military government of Pakistan promoted Talban. It has banned
women to participate in the social life. It
is promoted terrorism. Talban are the new fascist of the present
era. Americans promoted this force and now want to control it.
Farooq Tariq also criticized Jamaat-I-Islami and told that when
Clinton came to Pakistan it welcomed him as guest of the country.
Only LPP opposed the visit at the time. The fundamentalists are
opposing the US imperialism on
opportunist basis. It is fight between the two old friends., We
the Left forces, are the one who have opposed the American
imperialism from the beginning. It is the number one terrorist of
the world. Farooq Tariq criticized the police to stop the demo and
said that religious fundamentalist are free to go any where but
the progressive forces have been stopped.
The rally dispersed peacefully after the speeches.
Report By Amir Suhail