(“Tenant’s Association of the Punjab”)
Privatisation, Dispossession and the Anjuman Mazarain Punjab Three years ago, the military government of Pakistan announced plans to privatise a series of state companies controlling vast areas of land in central Pakistan. For the people who have worked this land as tenants for generations, it was apparent that behind this plan was an agenda of eviction and dispossession. From this realisation, under the slogan of Malki ya Maut - Ownership or Death – the Anjuman Mazarain Punjab, literally Tenants Association of the Punjab, was formed, one of the largest grassroots social movements in the world. The AMP have ignited a whole new debate within Pakistan centred around land, the agenda of privatisation, the elite capture of resources, and the persistent sabotaging of the democratic process by the military.
Siege, arrest, abduction, torture and murder: The state’s reaction has been brutal. Siege, arrest, abduction, torture and murder – all under the auspices of ‘anti-terrorist’ legislation – have become commonplace. So far, eleven people have died, tens have been seriously injured and thousands are charged with terrorism. Peaceful resistance on part of the tenants has met with open firing, tear gassing and baton charges on crowds of unarmed women and children defending their villages from being invaded by the soldiers.
Urgent call for International Solidarity – The Coming Siege: For the last three years the harvest month of April has been the flashpoint. Under increasing pressure to sign away existing rights to their land, the farmers of the AMP have responded by refusing to relinquish the traditional 50% share of their harvest to authorities. We have no reason to believe that this April will be any different.
In response to the expected renewal of human rights abuses against the people of the AMP we call for solidarity actions this April - in particular on April 17, the International Day of Farmers’ Struggle.
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“Dispossession, Democracy, Solidarity and Community in Ireland and Pakistan”
How leaked documents of the European Commission reveal that through demands in ongoing GATS negotiations, Europe is undermining the people of the AMP, and on attempts to build solidarity through the Irish Social Forum.
“Rebellion in Pakistan: Letter to Subcommandante Marcos”
Asha Amirali briefly describes the struggle to Marcos
“Freedom in Struggle”
Asha Amirali on the role of women in the struggle of the AMP.
“What I saw in Okara”
Pakistani Scientist and activist Pervez Hoodbhoy describes the situation on Okara, one of the key locations of the AMP.
“The Colour Khaki”
Tariq Ali writing in New Left Review on the Pakistani politics under the dictatorship of General Musharaf, see the section “rural intafada” which discusses the AMP.
“Fighting an Empires Army”
Washington Post on the AMP.
“Special Report on the struggle for land ownership in Punjab”
UN report on human rights abuses against the communities of the AMP. (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)
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