Protest @ LUMS – November 7th, 2007

LUMS_Protest_Placard.gifThe protest rally today at LUMS was a major success. Over 1000 students showed up today to protest against the imposition of martial law in the country. The Neem Revolution at The Emergency Times has done a wonderful job at putting the events that took place at LUMS in words – add the blog to your RSS reader to keep yourself updated on the things happening around the campuses in Pakistan. More details, pictures and videos as they come through. Some updates are available on Teeth Maestro‘s blog as well.
I’m quoting The Neem Revolution’s complete post after the hop.

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Police outside LUMS main entrance.

From The Emergency Times:

Over 1000 students were part of a protest held in LUMS today. This protest happened in spite of the fact that the Police had spoken to students in LUMS and said that if they did anything (even within the campus), they would be baton charged. Police surrounded the LUMS campus from the morning, before the protest began. Plainclothes policemen were wandering around campus warning students about the impending crackdown. It was relayed that they knew the names of the students at the helm of the movement and they would be targeted. Many LUMS students attempting to enter the campus were denied entry by the police from the onset.

However, the protest went ahead as planned. Students and faculty gathered first in the sports complex, where, after reciting the National Anthem, they began the proceedings. Student and faculty speakers outlined the cause of the movement and their demands, which were, the removal of the martial law, the release of all lawyers, activists, teachers, students and leaders detained by the law enforcement agencies, the reinstatement of the judiciary and an end to the curbs on the media. By this time, we were informed that police were forcefully preventing media personnel from getting into the campus to cover the event. Nevertheless, the protest continued; the crowd slowly moved outside the sports complex, in complete silence, symbolic of the way in which their voices were being suppressed.

However, when they reached the entrance, where the police was present, armed with batons and teargas, the Vice Chancellor came out and ordered everyone to stay inside and move away from the academic block. The crowd then changed direction and made a round of the academic block, with the atmosphere getting more heated up, the crowd indignant at the stifling of their voice. During this round, it was made evident to many of us that plainclothes policemen and intelligence officials were present in the crowd, trying to create confusion and pandemonium, as well as take pictures of the student leaders involved. In the huge crowd, however, it was impossible to accurately isolate these people and have them removed. Meanwhile, a UET student attempting to enter the campus was beaten up by the police and detained, along with a member of the LUMS ITSC staff, though this is unconfirmed.

Right after this, about half the number of initial protestors carried out a silent, peaceful protest where they simply sat down in front of the Main Entrance in front of the police personnel. Most of the protestors placed masking tapes over their mouths, in a show of silent solidarity as they faced the police. At this time, all media personnel attempting to leave the campus were accosted by police with their cameras confiscated. The Police presence since then has multiplied and they are still at the gates. Reports are that they have been ordered to procure at least 15 people for detainment. The administration has denied them thus far. They remain outside. We are not sure what the outcome will be.

We have heard of the valiant efforts of our student brethren at FAST as well, who remain besieged inside their university. We salute you for your courage and call for a united effort against this military brutality. We call upon the entire student community of Pakistan to rise up against this criminal, authoritarian regime. Together, we will take this to its inevitable conclusion.

In Complete Unity.

Image Source: RChughtai @ Flickr

12 Comments so far

  1. binary-zero (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

    BRAVO !


  2. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 8:26 pm

    It’s very heartening to see that we still have the guts to speak and rise against all odds


  3. Haseeb A (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

    Bravo!! Go Musharraf Go.


  4. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 3:17 am

    LUMS and Lahore made each and every Pakistani Proud well done guys – our prayers are with you every step of the way


  5. S. M. Naseem (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 10:21 am

    I salute the students of LUMS amd other educational institutions of Lahore for protesting against the latest violations of the Constitution and draconian measures against the judiciary, the media and civil rights groups. I always thought that an elitist institution such as LUMS who are cocooned in the comfort of their class would not care to protest on matters of social concern and express their outrage. I am glad to have been proved wrong. I hope the students of today will play the same active role that they did in Karachi’s epic student movement of 1954 and the students of Rawapindi and Dhaka did in the 1968 movements which shook the Central Governments at that time and brought about imminent changes.

    S. M. Naseem, former Professor of Economics, QAU, Islamabad

    As an economist and a


  6. Irfan Tariq (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 11:21 am

    Great !!! Nation must wake up to Save Pakistan.


  7. Khuda (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

    Rich spoilt kids pretending to be revolutionaries. After graduation, most of them will get their visas to the UK or greencards to the US to be bankers, management consultants and computer programmers!

    Many of these LUMS kids come from the same insular, blood sucking corrupt elite that has sucked Pakistan dry! I wonder if the fundos who run LUMS are standing behind these LUMS kids protesting? Are they being manipulated? Dunno. But, wouldn’t trust the fundos who run LUMS or their idiot students one bit.


  8. Purple Lady (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

    Great Show!! We all are proud of you… Students of other institutions must also wake up and stand behind these protesters to save Pakistan


  9. Saadullah Saeed (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

    Its great to see that our brothers from Lahore have the guts to stand up against the evil. Hats off to you guys


  10. I am student (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 9:32 am

    Most of these students are on recreational drugs.I support the military so finish your degrees.

    These students are from rich families who have looted the country. Pakistan needs a purge.


  11. Mohammad sabeh (unregistered) on November 14th, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

    I was shocked to learn that MUSHY has blackmailed judges by filming them having sex .This story was posted by THE TIMES of UK .if GENERALS and MNAs were spied then we would have half of GENERALS and MNA wiped out .But proud of our judiciary ISI could only find 3 out of 18 judges involved in IMMORAL ACTIVITIES.If we look at GENERALS and MNA the ratio would be much higher.


  12. SID (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 8:17 am

    Musharraf is not the only guilty and culprit for the situation Pakistan is in. Remember, it is the Institution of Army that has always raised bayonets against their own people(history is full of this)on whose tax money they spend lavish life and who they are supposed to serve. I am a loyal Pakistani and has no shame in saying that Pakistani Army is probably the most incompetent and corrupt army in the world. If this is not true then why the army top generals always agree to suppress the innocent people of Pakistan? Why don’t they heed to their consciousness and come forward to be healers and not the aggressors. I am writing this with sad heart but truth always needs martyrdom and i can afford it as i have reached a point of no return as far as patience is concerned. Go to hell Musharraf and Pakistani Army.



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