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Students chant ‘azaadi’ slogans at literary fest in Pakistan

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. 

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2019 1:30:30 pm
Faiz Literary Festival, Lahore, Progressive students collective, Students chant Pakistan Anti-government protest, Faiz Literary Festival, Lahore, Pakistan, Imran Khan, Trending, Indian Express newsFaiz Literary Festival, Lahore, Progressive students collective, Students chant Pakistan Anti-government protest, Faiz Literary Festival, Lahore, Pakistan, Imran Khan, Trending, Indian Express news The Azaadi chant was popularized after Jawaharlal Nehru University’s former students Union President Kanhaiyya Kumar used it in one of his rallies in 2016.

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:

The chant had gained popularity after it was used in a speech by former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar in 2016.

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:

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.

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