NCHD & NEF Employees Protest, Police tear gas shelling, baton charge in Islamabad

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NCHD & NEF  Employees Protest, Police tear gas shelling, baton charge in Islamabad
Islamabad (Thursday, June 22, 2011) – Dozens of teachers and employees of the National Education Foundation and National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) fell unconscious and several others were injured when capital police resorted to baton-charge and fired tear gas shells on protesters, when they tried to march towards the Parliament House on Wednesday.

The police detained about 30 protesters during the operation and later released them late night, a police spokesman said.

Thousands of teachers and staff members of NEF and NCHD have been staging ‘Kafan Bardar’ march and sit-in in front of Parliament House at D-Chowk against the closure of the organisations for the last three days.
The leadership, on the third day of their protest, decided to march towards the Parliament House to register their protest in favour of their demands and announced to enter the Red Zone, a leader of NEF told ‘The News’.
Hundreds of employees marched towards the Parliament House, chanting slogans against the government and in favour of their demands, but a heavy contingent of police, already deployed at the Parliament Lodges barrier, intercepted the protesters including women and tried to push them back.
The protesters when tried to cross the barbed wires and cement blocks, the police hurled tear gas shells and resorted to baton-charge to disperse them, which resulted in clash between the police and angry government employees.
In the initial stage the protesters scattered, but reassembled after about half-an-hour and again gathered at the same point and tried to enter the Red Zone, chanting slogans against the government, consequently, the police force again baton-charged them besides arresting some of them.
Talking to ‘The News’ the leaders of the National Education Foundation and National Commission for Human Development said that the protesting people reacted when the police resorted to baton-charge, adding that scores of government employees
participating in the demonstration sustained injuries as a result of baton-charge and tear-gas
shelling.
The angry protesters announced that the sit-in and hunger strike will continue till acceptance of their demands.
Life in the federal capital city remained disturbed during the protest demonstration for the last three days.

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