Silencing the age of anger
In Pakistan, teachers’ protests during a long-running dispute over pay and job stability were met with police violence and mass arrests.
Riot police used water cannon and batons to attack peaceful demonstrations by government schoolteachers on 30 May and 1 June 2022 in Karachi. Over 250 protesters were arrested.
Violence was also used against protesting teachers on 18 July. A rally meant to start at the Karachi Press Club and end at the Sindh Chief Minister’s house was forcibly dispersed by police who beat and arrested demonstrators.
The teachers had been holding a sit-in outside the Karachi Press Club for several days, calling for regularisation and assured annual increments in their salary. They decided to march to the Chief Minister’s house after a lack of response from the provincial government.
Similar incidents were repeated in September and October. In September, authorities manhandled over 100 protestors on their way to the Sindh Assembly and Chief Minister’s house to demand the regularisation of their jobs. On 8 October, the police used tear gas and batons against primary school teachers, who were staging a peaceful protest outside the provincial assembly. More than a dozen were injured and sent to hospitals, and more than 80 were arrested.