Journalists outnumber Civil Society protesters -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Journalists outnumber Civil Society protesters

LAHORE – A civil society protest to press the government to reinstate judges was held outside the Governor House on Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam late Sunday noon.

The protest began at 6pm and continued for nearly half an hour. Interestingly, the number of protesters was not more than the number of journalists covering them. Media has certainly grown in recent years. The civil society members started reaching the venue at exactly 6pm and the protest immediately rolled on. None of the civil society members came on foot or motorbikes. Most numbering about 50 to 60 arrived in chauffeur driven air-conditioned cars. The widely covered protest by the media spoke volumes about the situation wherein the ordinary public has started to shy away from such gatherings.

A section of elite and some members of different NGOs are the driving force for such protests.

The protesters were holding interesting placards. Some carried the slogan ‘Go Mush go’ perhaps lovingly giving an abbreviation to a personality.

Others had a request for motorists ‘If you are with us blow the horn of your vehicle’ – to which some did oblige.

The charged-up protesters chanted slogans calling for restoration of judges immediately. The protest ended peacefully.
Source: The Nation
Date:5/19/2008