Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Vigil at Karachi University

The first Karachi University vigil against imprisonment of thousands of people against emergency was held on Nov 13 at 1pm outside Audio Visual Centre, KU. 23 teachers and students participated.We were wearing black arm-bands and held a banner that read 'Restore Constitution, Judiciary and Human Rights'. A number of Rangers were deployed by the administration around the place of demonstration and they blocked the path leading to the main road. The vigil was organised by United Teachers Forum. After the vigil teachers and students gathered at a teachers office and discussed ways to bring more people to the demonstrations to be held in near future. Some five students then came to the meeting and asked for teachers help in organizing the students, this was highly welcomed by all the present. Some teachers offered the students to come to their classes and speak to the students about the need to act against military rule. As usual the protest demos by LUMS students came into the discussion several times. United Teachers Forum has announced to organise a lecture by senior journalist and highly respected peace and pro-democracy intellectual Mr M B Naqvi on Thursday November 15 at 11:30 am at the Arts Auditorium, his topic will be Popular Struggles against Draconian Laws (with emphasis on media freedom). UTF welcomes all teachers, students and pro-academics to attend the seminar. for entry details contact Dr Riaz Ahmed, Applied Chemistry, Karachi University at 0322-2990708 riaz ahmed
ps: other dates to remember:
1. Nov 14 Wed 10am-4pm Kar Press Club journalists hunger strike, visit the strike camp and express your solidarity
2. Nov 15 Thurs 3pm Kar Press Club public meeting on Emergency, all welcome
3. Nov 20 Tues 3pm Kar Press Club, rally by journalists. All organised by Pak Fed Union of Journalists

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