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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Punjab-wide protests against privatisation of colleges

LAHORE, Dec 09 : Students and teachers belonging to various collages of Punjab Thursday held protests across the province against the privatisation of collages and baton charge of student protesters in Lahore.

The teachers and students completely boycotted the academic activities. The protesters wore black bands around their arms during protests across Punjab.

The protest was held on the call of professors and lectures association after police baton charged students at The Mall Road after a group of unruly students tried to break their way into the Punjab Assembly building on Wednesday.

The protests were witnessed in all major cities including Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Hafizabad, Jarranwala, Narowal and Rawalpindi.

In Multan, enraged students blocked Boston Road outside Government Emerson College. A group of protesting students entered the office of Director Collages and ransacked fixtures and furniture.

The protesters burned tyres on and completely blocked the road for few hours. Heavy contingent of police reached the spot and managed to disperse the protestors.

Mohammad Hussain, Director Colleges Multan, told media persons that some protectors ransacked his office and caused considerable damage. However, he said it was not yet clear whether teachers were among the violent mob.

In Gujrawala, students and teachers from various collages of Gujrawala also held protest demonstration and blocked road in Gondlawala area.

The enraged protesters rampaged government installations and burned a passenger bus of a private company.

In Rawalpindi, students and teachers of Gordon Collage took out a rally at Murree Road and recorded their protest in front of Rawalpindi Press Club.

The protesters blocked main Murree Road for some time, but no violence was reported.

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