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Gwadar’s Trials and Tribulations

The “crown jewel” of CPEC saw protests turn violent, followed by a security crackdown and internet shutdown.

By Somaiyah Hafeez

In a video that has been widely circulated on Twitter, a child, dressed in red shirt and black jeans, is seen throwing a stone at a group of security personnel, who are carrying sticks and shields. The troops retaliate by throwing stones toward the child, who runs away. In another video, dozens of security forces personnel are seen standing by as someone, reportedly the child of a fisherman, is beaten and dragged on the road by other troops.

These are only two violent incidents that have emerged since the internet shutdown in Gwadar, a port city in Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest and most impoverished province, ended after more than a week.

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January 12, 2023 · 3:00 am