Thousands of peasants belonging to Anjaman Mozareen
Punjab (Tenants Association Punjab) are spending tonight (5th May)
in the open, in front of Rangers headquarters at Okara. They were
stopped by police and rangers to enter on the main GT Road. The
peasants are demanding the release of their activists and
Four activists of AMP, Shamoon Masih, Sadiq Masih, Amanual Masih
and Shangara Masih were picked up by Rangers and police on 1st
May. They were at sleep at their house outside the village when
the police and rangers raided the house and arrested them. On 2nd
May, another four Abdul Jabar, Mohammed Akram, Mohammed Sajad and
Hanif Masih were picked from Okara city where they had taken their
tractor and trolley for repair.
On 2nd April, the main leaders of AMP, Younas Iqbal, Dr.
Christopher, Sajid Baluch and Fahim Ahmed were arrested from
Lahore. They all are now facing several false charges of police
encounter and so on.
The main crime of these peasants is to demand the ownership right
of the land, they are cultivating over 100 years. The military
occupied the land and is very much opposed to the idea of
ownership. The movement of AMP for ownership rights is entering
third year. Despite the fact that eight of them been killed,
several hundreds arrested and framed on false charges, the
movement goes on.
In the latest upsurge, the peasants including women and children
decided to block the main GT Road from both sides of the road. A
procession of several thousands started from Chack 4/L Okara and
the other with the same numbers started from Chack 45 Okara.
Police and rangers in large number stopped the demonstrators from
moving forward. The AMP leaders then decided to have a sit in
until the arrested Amp activists are released.
Till writing this report at 10pm on 5th May, the “sit in” goes on.
The peasants have planned to move forward tomorrow to the main
road despite all the threats and warning of the police in this
The peasant movement has entered a new phase during this month
with increased tensions. The Labour Party Pakistan and Alliance
for Restoration of Democracy (ARD) were stopped by police on 7th
April as they wanted to attend a peasant convention at Chack 10
11 political parties and several social organizations have
demanded from the government to stop harassment of the peasant and
Labour Party Pakistan leadership. They have also supported the
right of the peasant to own the land. The political parties
included Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan Peoples Party Shaheed
Bhutto, Labour Party Pakistan, Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party,
Communist Party of Pakistan, National Workers Party, Istiqlal
Party, Muslim League Qasim Group, Islamic Democratic Front,
Peoples Rights Movement, Jamiat AShli Hadees, Khaksaar Tehrik.
Pakistan most known human right activists, Hina Jilani and Asma
Jehangir Alongside with most of the radical social organization
support the movement of the peasants and are actively taking part
to defend them from state oppression. Four of the main leaders who
had spent over six months in jail were released when Hina Jilani
pleaded their case for bail at Lahore High Court last month.
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