Sunday, 3 June 2012

Protests against power cuts continue across country

Faisalabad shut down for second day.Shut down on the call of the traders.All the eight main bazars remain closed other markets are observed to be open. Protesters block roads, torch tyres.Protests against hours of power cuts continued across the country on Saturday while Faisalabad, the country’s industrial hub, remained shut to all business activities for the second consecutive day.
Faisalabad Protests against hours of power cuts continued
Faisalabad Protests against hours of power cuts continued 

Traders in Faisalabad have been on a three-day strike since Friday against up to 22 hours of load shedding in the third largest city of the country.

The shutter-down strike continued on Saturday and all business centres and markets were closed. Protesters blocked several city roads, burnt tyres and pelted stones at vehicles and government installations. Traders also staged a major protest rally at Ghanta Ghar intersection.

Kutchery Bazaar, Rail Bazaar, Karkhana Bazaar, Montgomery Bazaar, Jhang Bazaar, Bhawana Bazaar, Aminpur Bazaar, Chiniot Bazaar and markets around Jaranwala Road, at D-Ground, Satiana Road and Madina Town were closed for the day.

A large number of industrial workers also joined the protests and blocked traffic by burning tyres on the roads. The protesters said the power shutdown in different areas had made it impossible for them to earn their livelihoods. Long power outages have affected water supply to the area.

In Peshawar, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) also protested against prolonged and unscheduled power cuts, and its workers marched to Peshawar Press Club from FC Chowk.

The demonstrators chanted slogans against the government and said that leaders had failed in providing relief to people.

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