By Fatima Ibrahim (Latter to the Editor)
To protest for a legitimate cause is the right of every citizen in fact, it is the beauty of democracy but sometimes it becomes the source of annoyance for public when their movement is restricted through containers. Life gets stuck when students couldn’t attend their classes, patients find it hard to get their medicines and working class who have to travel along the lines of the protesting-areas is compelled to cover extra miles to reach their destinations. Protests & processions, these days, have become acidic more for public and less for those who are being supposed to be pressed down for some cause.
Sit-ins irk public. Traffic overloaded, markets and educational institutes closed, mobile services jammed and traveling routes blocked makes the public aggrieved and agitated. Worse is, when public serving departments overlook their civic responsibility of guiding the public properly and find it easy to just act up. Every other traveler seems complaining for being misguided or misbehaved by traffic wardens on route.
The stable the economy the more the foreign investment will be. So, long sit-ins de-track economic variables to much extent. Political protests, under the shell of some nation stirring issues, not just disturbs public life but it also puts cracks on the delicate economy. Damage of millions is done when goods carrying containers are vehemently occupied to block traveling routes just to effect the participation in the protests and when markets are forcefully made to bring their shutters down. Although the peace and security situations have become quite better comparatively but there still exist certain loopholes in the system which can easily be exploited by evil-minded groups during the protests and processions. That is the reason why the metro bus service is suspended every time any political or religious group holds protests in the twin cities, to avoid the system being smashed for one or other reason. But who suffers! public definitely. All of us have the right to use our rights but it shouldn’t effect other’s rights.