Twitterati Condemn Administrative Curbs On Students Mobilising For Solidarity March
As the Students Solidarity March approaches, university administrations and the government are placing curbs on students mobilising for the march, a move which has received condemnation on social media.
On Tuesday, the governor of Balochistan had issued directions to the University of Balochistan to place a ban on all political activities and gatherings on its campus, while on Wednesday, the Punjab University had cancelled the M.Phil degree of one of the main organisers of the Students Solidarity March, who was seen playing the drums during the awareness campaign for the march at the Faiz International Festival.
People have taken to social media to express disapproval of the heavy-handed tactics of the state.
Activist Ammar Rashid stated these dictatorial responses to demands for accountability were not acceptable.
Apparently, filming, harassing & blackmailing students in the hundreds does not 'disrupt the environment for teaching and learning' but students demanding justice does. These dictatorial responses to demands for accountability are no longer acceptable. #StudentsSolidarityMarch pic.twitter.com/MsyvAJTv5t
— Ammar Rashid ☭ (@AmmarRashidT) November 27, 2019
Academic Nida Kirmani said that the clampdown on students in the run up to the march was intensifying across the country, and that authorities were afraid of student power as it was the force that could shake the foundations of their power.
The clampdown on students in the run up to the #StudentsSolidarityMarch is intensifying across the country. The authorities are afraid of student power, & they should be. It is the force that can shake the foundations of their power. Stand with them if you believe in change!
— Nida Kirmani (@nidkirm) November 27, 2019
Moreover, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has expressed alarm over the fact that supporters of the Students Solidarity March were being harassed, facing rustication, and were being dislodged from their hostels to restrain them from participating. This, the rights body stated, was a flagrant violation of their peaceful assembly.
HRCP is alarmed by reports that supporters of the #StudentsSolidarityMarch are being harassed, facing rustication or being dislodged from their hostels to restrain them from participating. This is a flagrant violation of their right to peaceful assembly.https://t.co/3nxi8oke7o
— Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (@HRCP87) November 27, 2019
Activist Tooba Syed condemned the act of the government of Balochistan whereby it had directed the University of Balochistan to ban political activities on campus. She stated that such an act was shameful for any government.
While students across the country are organising for #StudentsSolidarityMarch the Govt of Balochistan decides to ban political activities in the campus. This is shameful for any government. Did they not come through elections themselves?Umm oh wait they actually… umm never mind pic.twitter.com/RoeeTiPMri
— Tooba Syed ☭ (@Tooba_Sd) November 26, 2019
Activist Ammar Ali Jan also took to Twitter to term the Balochistan government’s directions to UOB shameful, and said that students deserved to be heard rather than intimidated.
Shameful! Balochistan govt responds to #StudentSolidarityMarch by banning student groups. These students are demanding greater representation & safety on campuses, & more investment in education. They deserve to be heard rather than being intimidated. #StandWithStudents pic.twitter.com/oQnbjdWNp1
— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) November 26, 2019
People also expressed solidarity with Hussain Jameel, whose degree was cancelled by the Punjab University, and condemned the act of the university.
PU Cancels Degree Of Protesting Student From Viral Faiz Festival Video
Can it get more ridiculous than this ?? https://t.co/UbATNrADDQ
— Dr Humma Saeef (@HummaSaif) November 27, 2019