File photo of protesters in Gwadar

Behram Baloch, News Desk:
QUETTA: A Shutter-down strike was observed and protest demonstrations in Gwadar continued for the third consecutive day. Police arrested eight protesters at Marine Drive as a result of clashes. Baton-wielding policemen were deployed in various parts of the port city to maintain order.

The arrested people belong to Gwadar Rights Movement (GRM), according to reports from Gwadar, there was a complete shutter strike in the city. “The protesters are violent and violating the law”, the Spokesperson Balochistan government said.

Mobile networks and internet services suspended

All mobile networks and internet services are completely suspended in Gwadar, including Pasni, and Ormara. The protesters staged a dharna in front of Pasni Press Club and blocked the main highway for traffic and a heavy contingent of police has been deployed up to zero point, 6 km from Ormara city.

On Tuesday, a Policeman was allegedly martyred by the angry protesters of GRM in Gwadar. There was no immediate response from the GRM in this regard. They have been protesting for the last two months against the government for acceptance of its demands including an end to illegal fishing/trawling in the port city of the country.

Reports of a young man’s killing in Ormara

A young man has died in Ormara as a result of a clash between police and protesters of GRM on Wednesday. There was no confirmation from the administration. In the statement released by Haq Du Tehreek, it has been said that the provincial government is responsible for the worst atrocities in Gwadar against the masses. Although, the Spokesperson government of Balochistan rejected the allegations leveled by the GRM and said its protesters were peaceful.

“So far, hundreds of activists and leaders of GRM have been arrested, and several children, old people, women, and men have been injured”, a GRM activist stated while talking to the media. Internet and electricity have been shut down for three days in Gwadar to suppress the poverty of the poor people, he added.

Another protester said that “the brutality of forces on democratic, political and peaceful people is a clear violation of human rights”. If the government does not abandon the policy of violence, there will be serious damage, he mentioned. Both the protesters requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

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