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Continued Fury in Pakistan Over Supply Routes, Drone Strikes

Ongoing protests culminate in march near Afghan border

Common Dreams staff

Banner from protester in Tuesday's march. (screengrab from PressTV)

Pakistani anger over the reopening of NATO supply routes and ongoing drone strikes continues with thousands in a protest march towards the Afghan border on Tuesday.

Protesters on Monday followed weekend protests against Pakistan's July 3 decision to reopen NATO supply routes that had been closed in retaliation for the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Thousands that had gathered in Peshawar on Monday held banners that said "Yes to Peace, No to NATO" and "No more NATO, no more killings of Muslims."

"The rulers have sold their blood for US dollars but we will continue to oppose it," Mohammad Ameen, a shopkeeper from the northwestern Swat valley, told Agence France-Presse.

Monday's rally culminated in the march on Tuesday.

The march was organized by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), described by news agencies as "a leading member of the Defense of Pakistan coalition of right-wing and Islamist groups."

Speaking to the crowd of marchers on Tuesday, JI leader Munawar Hussain said to the crowd, "We want an end to US slavery, an end to US interference, a ban on NATO supplies through Pakistan and an end to US drone attacks on Pakistan,"

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Raw Video: Pakistanis Protest NATO Supply Route
uploaded by the Associated Press on Sunday

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