PAKISTANIS BATTLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
BY: JENNIFER GONZALEZ, KAVIN MISTRY & RAPHAEL STROUD
Pakistani protesters gather in front of the White House to raise awareness for human rights inequality issues occurring in Pakistan on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Pakistani millennials are among the advocates in the crowd who hope their voices are heard to restore peace back home.
Protesters advocated for a better life for their generations by expressing the need for Americans to take a stand and represent the Pakistani community.
Pakistani children joined in on the protest to emphasize their national pride despite the age discrepancy.
Tahr, leads the charge of the protesters, while serving as an example of patriotism to the millennial generation.
Younger millennials carry signs advocating against killing immigration.
Distress is avidly expressed on the face of a protester.
Peacefully protesting, the older Pakistani protesters silently voiced their frustrations on the violence occurring in their homeland.
Protestors demand justice and equality for the life of Muhajirs in Pakistan.
Khalid Akhter, like many of the other protestors, was present to gain the attention of President
Men were not the only ones present, women also led the charge in front of the White House.
‘Leader of the nation! Help us, help us! Wake up, wake up! White House wake up’
Members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) staged a protest outside of the White House on Saturday, May 7, 2016, asking for help from Americans with problems faced by minorities in Pakistan.
“We are here to protest the injustices in Pakistan,” said Saad Khan. “We are going to receive unfair treatment for the minorities and we need help.”
The protesters complained that Pakistan has been lead by officials that represent only two percent of the population of the country and that they have a dominant grasp on the political, military, economic and decision-making process.
Protester Khalid Akhter said the rally was about the generation of millennials who are struggling in Pakistan to have a better life.
“We are here because we do not have a voice in Pakistan because we are not a part of the majority ethnic groups that lead there,” said Fatima Jaiued. “We are not given the same rights as the privileged in Pakistan.”
The protesters claimed the rulers of Pakistan have been brutally killing innocent workers who are with MQM.
To the left of the Pakistan protest a peace rally was being held by a group called Code Pink.
Code Pink is known for its confrontational anti-war engagements, including an impromptu debate with former GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz.
They spread their message just before Mother's Day, waving signs with the words “Moms Against War” at passing tourists.
Domestic issues such as police violence and lead in drinking water were highlighted as well.
Men and women danced with hula hoops and played lutes and guitars, with song and poetry aimed at chastising the U.S. military’s actions around the world.
“There was World War II, which was a good reason to fight, but I think war needs to be, if anything, a last measure,” said Conor Brendan Mueller. “In our world, for some reason, we jump to war really quickly, and it’s tragedy. War is tragedy.”
Mueller is a 21-year-old musician who performed during Code Pink’s event, but he empathized with the protest happening right next to Code Pink’s.
While he thinks the Second World War was fought for a good cause, he points to the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan as examples of the U.S. attacking other countries without justification.
The Obama administration has stated a desire to stay out of international conflicts, but has become notorious for drone strikes targeting terrorists in the Middle East with higher civilian casualties than valid targets.
He hopes millennials will be the key to lessening aggression and violence in the world, if they would only get out and vote.
“I think we’re distracted, I think as a society we’re really distracted, and I think there’s a big culture of not really questioning,” Mueller said. “But I think that’s changing.”
D.C. Always a Draw for Protesters
By: Kavin Mistry
Advocates for the cause express a need for help from the American people to restore peace in their country.
Amiv Sidd leads the chant among the crowd yelling, country to country; liberty for liberty.