As anti-government protests gain momentum in Pakistan, a clip of students at the Faiz Literary Festival in Lahore chanting ‘azaadi’ slogans are going viral on social media. The students – who were identified as members of the leftist Progressive Student Collective – can be seen chanting the slogans to mobilise people for the student solidarity march that is scheduled to be held on 29 November.
The march is against budget cuts in the education sector and also for the restoration of student unions.
The viral video, shared by Pakistani journalist Reham Khan on her Twitter feed, shows the student collective chanting slogans against patriarchy, police brutality and also the Imran Khan government.
Take a look at the video here:
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) November 17, 2019
The chant also featured in the 2019 film Gully Boy in a song.
The clip soon went viral with people expressing solidarity. Here’s a look at some of the reactions:
Rising stars ❤️
— Adv Izhar Ali Shah (@AdvIzharAliShah) November 18, 2019
— Tahir aziz PMLN. (@tahir_azi) November 18, 2019
— Wajid Hussain Soomro (@WajidHussainSo2) November 18, 2019
Pakistan me bhi protest aur JNU me bhi, What a co-accident 🤣🤣🤣 @rjraunac
— Abhay (@ImAbhayR) November 18, 2019
Very good…..this is what pakistan needed……
— Muhammad (@Muhamma50246768) November 18, 2019
Inciting people against the state and its institutions is the only thing you traitors can do.
— Saad Satti (@SaadSat93959963) November 18, 2019
Wonderful energy!! Also deeply sad when one sees LEFT leaders backing extreme RIGHT wing nonsense like Fazlur Rehman. Everybody watches their vested political interests. So yes, what these students want will remain confined to the Faiz festival.
— Zeb Bilal (@zebtariq) November 18, 2019
Major roads and highways were blocked Thursday as a part of the anti-government protests to topple the Imran Khan government over alleged electoral fraud in the 2019 general election.