Urban displacement and grassroots activism in Karachi

In this episode, Francesca Recchia is in conversation with Fatima Zaidi, a journalist, activist and member of the Karachi Bachao Tehreek.

Karachi Bachao Tehreek is a grassroots coalition of lawyers and activists who are  concerned about the sustainability of the development projects in the city. They work in collaboration with community leaders in the  working class localities that bear the brunt of this so-called development. In this conversation, Zaidi details the timeline of urban violence and disenfranchisement taking place in the city, how the resistance movement came about and what are their demands. Even as the State enacts exploitative capitalist policies, Zaidi expresses hope in the future of a people’s movement. 

By Francesca Recchia

9 June 2021

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Fatima Zaidi is a journalist and political activist in Karachi associated with Karachi Bachao Tehreek and Awami Workers Party. 

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