#StopEvictions & #FreeHassanTuri Social Media Campaigns

Malik Omaid

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For more than a week social media especially twitter has been witnessing the trend #StopEvictions and and today a new trend #FreeHassanTuri What is this trend and why are almost all prominent twitter and facebook human rights activists are taking part of it, for that let us go to the facebook event page of this campaign.

The event page is PROTEST! Stop Forced Evictions – Save our Homes. The details of the event says:

The CDA has re-started its campaign to evict Islamabad’s katchi abadi residents from their homes, submitting a report in the Islamabad High Court on the 28th of June in which 42 abadis were identified for demolition. This includes several Muslim and Christian abadis, that house close to 100,000 men, women and children who have been living and working in the Capital for decades. The CDA has not mentioned any resettlement plan in its report, leaving open the question of where these tens of thousands of people will go.

Raza Rumi on his facebook page shared this status:

Absolutely shocking and unacceptable that a young activist Hassan Turi [peacefully] protesting against forced evictions in Islamabad has been arrested. While the land mafia and other criminals are free to continue with their nefarious activities. Throwing out poor people from their homes is neither fair nor legal. Sadly, laws apply only to the poor and voiceless. In the Constitution of Pakistan the state has promised as follows:
“Promotion of social and economic well-being of the people.
The State shall :
(a) secure the well-being of the people, irrespective of sex, caste, creed or race, by raising their standard of living, by preventing the concentration of wealth and means of production and distribution in the hands of a few to the detriment of general interest and by ensuring equitable adjustment of rights between employers and employees, and landlords and tenants;
(b) provide for all citizens, within the available resources of the country, facilities for work and adequate livelihood with reasonable rest and leisure;
(c) provide for all persons employed in the service of Pakistan or otherwise, social security by compulsory social insurance or other means;
(d) provide basic necessities of life, such as food, clothing. housing, education and medical relief, for all such citizens, irrespective of sex, caste, creed or race, as are permanently or temporarily unable to earn their livelihood on account of infirmity, sickness or unemployment;
(e) reduce disparity in the income and earnings of individuals, including persons in the various classes of the service of Pakistan…”
Has the state fulfilled these obligations in 67 years??

Blogger Ale Natiq said:

You know your people are f***** when peeps prefer their shit sense of aesthetics over human life. They want their Centauras mall Ghareeb-proof, they want the air conditioned Metros free of stinking poor and they want their artificial lifeless capital shiny and glossy and the dirty poor out of sight. Give them an uninterrupted 4G connection, petrol powered electricity generators to run their Mac Book Airs and seamless entertainment in form of fancy restaurants and let the poor die – that’s their sense of justice.

Countless more facebook statuses were shared and they asked for stopping this mindless and brutal evictions. These are some of the selected tweets of social media activists and news analysts who are talking on this campaign:

 

There were tweeps who also remembered PTI leader Asad Umer who is also an MNA from Islamabad and other main political leadership for doing nothing. For more than two years Pakistan’s opposition parties have forgot to practice public politics and it seems all the problems will be solved by a free and fair election.

asad umer

The second trend that has taken pace today was for the activists who were arrested for protesting against this brutal eviction. More than 66 people have been arrested and they have been charged with Anti terrorist act. Again and again this has been pointed out that this act has been exploited against civilians and protesters while it becomes toothless before terrorists. It is this mindless use of this act that we have yet to control terrorism problem. This trend #FreeHassanTuri is after the name of AWP activist Hassan Turi who belongs to FATA and is a prominent activist. Following are some main tweets campaigning for Hassan Turi.