Number of students, activists and supporters from all walks of life participated in the Student Solidarity March, led by the Student Action Committee (SAC) on Friday for the reinstatement of student unions, demilitarization of campuses and 10 percent increase in the education budget across the country.
Additionally, this Country-wide demonstration started marching in Karachi with a large number of students with their parents, social activists, and civil society members including Jibran Nasir. Around 400 protesters reached Karachi Press Club where they chanted slogans, and delivered speeches.
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Similarly, people belonging from various cities of Pakistan including Hyderabad, Quetta, Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, held a protest rally at various places, demanding the restoration of student unions immediately.
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#StudentSolidarityMarch in #Islamabad proceeding from Press club towards D Chowk right now – energised environment with around 1000 students united to demand #RestoreStudentUnion pic.twitter.com/PYSMByuAy9
— Usama Khilji (@UsamaKhilji) November 29, 2019
— Aima Khosa (@aimaMK) November 29, 2019
Protesters shouted slogans of Surkh hai, surkh hai, Asia surkh hai, Hum le ke rahein ge aazaadi. Tumhe deni paray gi aazaadi, Hum kya chaahte? Aazaadi, Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai.
Students must have a voice in students affairs for higher education to thrive. Student unions are nurseries for leadership. All political parties should evolve consensus for restoration of student unions #StudentsSolidarityMarch. pic.twitter.com/3s5IzUfqFw
— Nafisa Shah (@ShahNafisa) November 29, 2019
After decades of complete prohibition on Unions in education institutions, the students protested a countrywide today and enormously showed their power for restoring Students Politics.#StudentsSolidarityMarch@KhanBehroz @mazdaki @GulBukhari @nidkirm @Razarumi @aimaMK pic.twitter.com/pZKbSmiJEV
— Hizbullah Khan (@HizbkKhan) November 29, 2019
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Pakistani Twitterati started using #StudentsSolidarityMarch, #RestoreStudentUnion, #StudentActionCommittee hashtags by uploaded pictures and videos of the protesters who took to the streets with red flags in hands and chanting slogans since Morning.
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On the other hand, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has also took to twitter in full support of the Students Solidarity March and appreciated the efforts done by SMBB.
In a tweet, Bilawal said: “The PPP has always supported student unions. The restoration of student unions by SMBB was purposely undone to depoliticize society. Today students are marching in the #StudentSolidarityMarch for the restoration of unions, implementation of right to education 1/1.”
The PPP has always supported Student unions. The restoration of student unions by SMBB was purposely undone to depoliticize society. Today students are marching in the #StudentSolidarityMarch for the restoration of unions, implementation of right to education, 1/2
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) November 29, 2019
Earlier, the Progressive Students Collective (PSC) and other organisations from all over Pakistan had formed the Student Action Committee (SAC) at a national level to demand the revival of student unions.