By Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign (PTUDC)
Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign (PTUDC) along with Revolutionary Students Front (RSF) and Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF) organised protests and demonstrations in solidarity with the workers and the masses of Palestine against the Israeli Zionist aggression. The activists of PTUDC, RSF and JKNSF also participated in other protests in different cities. Here we are publishing a brief report for our readers.
A large anti-Israel protest was organized on May 18 by the CDA Employees Union Pasha Group. Numerous CDA employees participated in the solidarity protest. While expressing anger the workers set fire the Israeli state flag and General Secretary of the CDA Employees Union Pasha Group Izzat Kamal Pasha presented a resolution against Israeli atrocities on Palestine which was approved by all the trade union leaders and employees.
Leaders and workers of Pakistan Labour, Employees and Pensioners Movement, All Government Employees Grand Alliance, CDA Officers Association, Municipal Labor Union Rawalpindi, House Building Finance Union, LHW Program Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Action Committee Pakistan Trade Unions, Pakistan Steel Mills, Federal Secretariat, Railway Labor Union, Railway Workers Union, Municipal Labor Union, Revolutionary Students Front (RSF), Paramedical Staff Federation, PTCL Labor Union CBA, Young Traders Associations Islamabad, Punjab Teachers Union, Pakhtun Mazdoor Ittehad Khyber Pakhtunkhwa along with joint secretary Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign (PTUDC) Dr Changez Malik Participated in the protest.
A protest was organized by PTUDC, RSF and JKNSF at Karachi Press Club on May 18th, to express solidarity with the Palestinian workers and people. Students, lawyers, workers and people from all walks of life participated in the protest. Former Central President PTUDC Riaz Hussain Baloch, Amir Jamali of KUL, Karamat Ali of National Labour Council, Arsalan Shani of JKNSF, Fayyaz Chandio of RSF, Ghulam Mehboob and Obaid Khan of PC Hotel Union, Nasir Mansoor of NTUF, Zahra Akbar of HBWF, Alam Ayub of Kot Workers, Comrade Manu of Shoe Makers Union and PTUDC Central Leader Janat Hussain spoke during the protest. The liberation of Palestine is possible only through the establishment of a socialist federation, uniting the workers of the Middle East on a class basis, they said.
PTUDC and RSF staged a protest in front of the Hyderabad Press Club on Sunday, May 23, 2021, against Israeli aggression on Palestine, in which progressive organizations, trade union leaders and students participated. Protesters held banners and placards with slogans against Israeli aggression and US imperialism. Nisar Chandio and Rahul of PTUDC, Raza Khan Swati of NADRA Employees Union, Faraj Khan of APCA Saqi Group, and Manzoor Tahim of Progressive Writers Association Hyderabad spoke and condemned the Israeli attacks on Palestine.
On Sunday, May 23, 2021, PTUDC and RSF staged a protest in front of Mirpur Khas Press Club against the Israeli aggression on Palestine, which was attended by members of various trade unions, social and political organizations, and students. Addressing the demonstration, Muhammad Hussain Areesar, Parshutam and Kareem Laghari of PTUDC, Imran Kanbhar and Mumtaz Areesar of RSF said that a permanent solution to the Palestinian problem is possible only through the Socialist Federation of the Middle East.
Unemployed Youth Movement (BNT) and PTUDC staged a protest in front of Mirpur Bathoro Press Club against the Israeli attacks on Palestine. Protesters held banners and placards with slogans against Israeli aggression and for the liberation of Palestine. Addressing the protest, Sikandar Zounr, Jabbar Zounr, Waheed Haider, Shaukat Soomro, Saddam Zounr and others spoke and demanded an immediate end to Israeli attacks and an end to all Imperialist schemes.
PTUDC and the United Labor Federation held a rally in Khairpur Miras on May 23rd, to condemn Israel’s state terrorism and express solidarity with the Palestinian people. Ijaz Abbasi, Shahbaz, Mukhtiar Khumsati, Faizullah, Arib Koso and others addressed the rally.
On May 20, a protest was staged in front of the Dadu Press Club against the Zionist state of Israel by the Unemployed Youth Movement (BNT) and PTUDC. Protesters held placards and chanted slogans against Israel and for the liberation of Palestine. The demonstration was addressed by Ejaz Baghio, Zia Zunar, Saddam Khaskheli, Morrell Panhwar, Zameer Korejo, Anwar Panhwar and others.
BNT and PTUDC staged a protest in front of Bhan Syedabad Press Club against Israeli aggression on Palestine. Iqbal Memon, Badruddin Panhwar, Paril Channa, Tariq Panhwar, Anwar Panhwar and others addressed the demonstration.
BNT and PTUDC staged a protest in front of the Sehwan Press Club against Israeli attacks on Palestine. Protesters held placards and chanted anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian slogans. The protesters were addressed by Sikandar Otho, Mushtaq Selro, Arib Mallah, Anwar Panhwar and others.
A protest was organized by PTUDC in front of Sadiqabad Press Club on May 20 against the demolition of Palestinian houses in Sheikh Al-Jarrah, Israeli bombing in Gaza and atrocities against unarmed Palestinians. A large number of workers from Maachi Goth, Employees Union CBA Fauji Fertilizer Company joined the protest. Workers and leaders from Punjab Highway Union, Professors and Lecturers Association, Revolutionary Rickshaw Union, Taxi Stand Driver Union, Painters Union, Civil Defense, Traders Association, Pakistan Peoples Party City Sadiqabad participated in the protest. Activists of RSF from Trinda Sawa Khan, Rahimyar Khan and Sadiqabad also participated in the protest along with the Students and youth. Addressing the demonstration, Umer Rasheed, Mohammad Afzal Chhatta, Israr Chauhan, Rabbani Baloch, Mohammad Izhar, Habib Chandia, Chaudhry Mohammad Arshad, Ehsan Asad, Mohammad Javed, Nawab Din Lashari, Abbas Taj, Bashir Ahmed Soomro, Shehzada Abbas, Qamar Iqbal and Qamar Uz Zaman Khan highlighted the issue of Palestine and strongly condemned the evacuation of Palestinians from Shaykh Jarah and Israeli violence in Gaza. The demonstrators chanted slogans against Israel, the United States, other imperialist countries, capitalism and the Arab rulers of the region. In the end, the resolution was passed unanimously against Israel Zionism. The demonstration ended with the burning of the Israeli flag.
On 20th May activists of RSF and PTUDC took a rally against the Israeli Zionist state in Jampur. People from different walks of life participated in the protest and chanted slogans in support of Palestinian workers and masses. Advocate Rauf Khan of PTUDC addressed the paticipants.
On 22nd may a protest was held in front of Lahore Press Club by progressive organisations including Aurat March Lahore, HKM and PSC against the Israeli aggression and in solidarity with the Palestinians. Students from different institutions participated in great numbers including Palestinian students, studying in Lahore. Activists from progressive organizations also participated including RSF and PTUDC in the solidarity protest. The protesters marched from the press club to the U.S. Consulate and chanted slogans against imperialist support to zionist Israel.
On May 21, a protest was organized by the PTUDC outside the Faisalabad Press Club against Israeli state terrorism and in solidarity with Palestinian workers. Activists of the Labour National Movement also participated along with workers and students from different institutes.
On May 16, a protest was held in Christian Town, organized by the Labor National Movement, Rawadari Tehreek and the Women Workers Alliance against the Zionist Israeli aggression on Palestine. A delegation of PTUDC led by Advocate Ali Turab also participated in the protest and expressed solidarity.
PTUDC and RSF organized a protest against the Israeli aggression on Palestine in Daska, a suburb of Sialkot, in which students, youth and workers participated.
On May 20, the Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF) and the PTUDC staged protests against Zionist Israel and in solidarity with workers and masses of Palestine in different cities of Pakistan-held-Kashmir including Muzaffarabad, Hajira, Bagh and Khaigala.
A protest was organized in Muzaffarabad by PTUDC and JKNSF against the Israeli occupation of Palestine and Zionist state terrorism. Protesters chanted slogans in support of the oppressed Palestinian people and against Israeli state terrorism. Khawaja Jamil of JKNSF, Owais Ali and Tariq Chughtai of PTUDC and Majid Awan of PSF spoke to the participants and condemned the Israeli state terrorism.
On 22nd May activists to JKNSF took a rally in Rawalakot against Israeli state terrorism against Palestine.
A protest rally was organized in Bagh by Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation and PTUDC. Acting President NSF Rashid Bagh, Acting Secretary General Basit Irshad, Omar Abdullah, Shah Zeb Khan and other speakers addressed the rally.
A protest rally was organized by Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation and PTUDC in Khai Gala. Former Chief Organiser NSF, Tanveer Anwar, Leader PTUDC, Wajid Khan, Chief Organiser NSF, Timur Saleem and other speakers addressed the rally.
JKNSF and PTUDC organised a protest rally against Israeli state terrorism. Chairman Jamia Poonch, Mujib Khan, Usama Pervaiz, Usman Aziz, Usama Aziz and others addressed the rally.