Police beat protesters demanding water, arrest
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KARACHI, Pakistan -- Police fired tear gas, beat
demonstrators with iron-tipped sticks, and arrested at least 90
people in the restive port city of Karachi for protesting against an
acute water shortage, witnesses said.
Protesters shouted slogans against the military rulers outside the
heavily guarded Governor House in Karachi, the capital of southern
``Give us water'' and ``Military rulers -- stop injustice with
Sindh,'' shouted the activists belonging to nationalist group Awami
Tehrik, or Peoples' Movement. But dozens of policemen, in riot gear,
dispersed them within a few minutes.
Pakistan has suffered a severe drought for the past few months
because of lack of snow and rainfall this winter.
Sindh province, which needs river water for irrigation, has been
the hardest hit because the once mighty river Indus has dried up at
Awami Tehrik accuses the military-led government of depriving
Sindh province its share in the country's water resources and
favoring the populous Punjab province.
The government denies the charge and says that water is being
equally distributed from the available resources.
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