March against Baloch genocide gathered thousands in Taunsa

March against Baloch genocide

March against Baloch genocide gathered thousands in Taunsa

Thousands of protestors held a long march against the Baloch genocide in Taunsa to express solidarity with the Baloch people. Taunsa is the city of Punjab province which witnessed the largest pro-Baloch protest in support of the long march against the “Baloch Genocide.”

The residents of Taunsa welcomed warmly the participants of the long march. They lined the streets and showered rose petals on the protestors. Although Tuansa is part of Punjab, most Baloch tribes reside in Taunsa.

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Thousands of people gathered in Taunsa in an unusual demonstration of solidarity to support the long march. The march began on December 6, 2023. The march is against the enforced disappearances and custodial killings of missing people by security agencies in Balochistan.

Marchers reached Taunsa after overcoming administrative challenges by authorities in Dera Ismail Khan. Families of those who have forcibly disappeared as well as other participants were greeted with flowers. It expressed the support and solidarity of local Baloch communities.

Dr. MahRang Baloch addressing the march emphasized the solidarity of the Baloch people and their struggles. She said their pain is one, they are oppressed belonging to the same land. Balochistan is incomplete without Koh-e-Sulaiman. Dr. MahRang Baloch is a human rights activist from Balochistan.

Dr. MahRang Baloch while giving a speech at Taunsa

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The crowd welcomed her address with rousing applause and shouts. Such as “Ranjanpur to D.G. Khan is Balochistan” and “Stop Baloch Genocide” echoed through the crowd.

The ongoing march has to leave Taunsa today to move towards Dera Ismail Khan with an expected arrival time of 9:00 a.m. The march will eventually arrive in Islamad to join an ongoing sit-in at the Press Club.

This sit-in is now in its 23rd day which includes families of missing Baloch people. They are part of a larger movement to highlight the major issue of enforced disappearances in Balochistan.

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