Cinema staff 'detains' group of youth protesting screening of Ali Zafar's movie


KARACHI: A group of protesters was briefly detained by staff at the newly-opened Nueplex on Rashid Minhas Road on Saturday. The group was protesting the screening of Ali Zafar’s movie Teefa in Trouble.

URGENT: Reports from Karachi that Nueplex cinema has called in Rangers against peaceful protestors & security has confiscated their phones, making them delete videos of protests. How insecure is the Teefa team? Getting away with harassment is NOT going to be easy, @AliZafarsays.

— Usama Khilji (@UsamaKhilji) July 21, 2018

If these reports of Nueplex staff beating the protesters is to be believed than I'm afraid nothing could be worse than this. #BoycottTeefa

— MINION© Boycotts Teefa (@TheOmarrization) July 21, 2018

THE PROTESTORS ARE BEING BEATEN UP THIS IS WHAT IT HAS COME TO THEY'RE BEING BEATEN UP pic.twitter.com/luQ69onpcA

— Ushnaa (@Lanaschild_) July 21, 2018

Rangers have held down the protesters at Nueplex Jauhar and are assaulting them. Snatched their phones and forced them to the basement!!!#BOYCOTTTEEFA #BOYCOTTALIZAFAR

— zoob (@cantcreative) July 21, 2018

URGENT: Reports from Karachi that Nueplex cinema has called in Rangers against peaceful protestors & security has confiscated their phones, making them delete videos of protests. How insecure is the Teefa team? Getting away with harassment is NOT going to be easy, @AliZafarsays.

— Usama Khilji (@UsamaKhilji) July 21, 2018

Talking to The Express Tribune, general manager of the Rashid Minhas branch Nueplex cinemas, Habib Sheikh said, “The protesters overstepped their boundaries. This is a private property. They can’t just gather here and start protesting.”

“Some of the protesters forced their way into the cinemas on the first floor. They didn’t have tickets. They were chanting slogans, had posters and pamphlets in their hands.,” Habib continued.

The general manager added, “That’s when the police and the security firm intervened and took them back outside. They then took care of them.”

Theater manager Waseem Sheikh said while he wasn’t present at the entrance of the cinemas, he heard the protesters shouting. “I wasn’t there but I heard protesters were here. There was a little activity happening. They came inside but we took them outside as it’s a private property. There was rush outside and it was jammed so we took them to the basement to clear up the space here. Then the rangers and police handled it,” he said.

However, one of the guards claimed that nothing at all happened. Another guard said that the authorities “took them and then released them later.”

We were also informed that the guards shifts were changed, so the new guards haven’t seen or heard anything.

The Express Tribune also contacted one of the protesters, Aly Altaf, who claimed that he was detained along with his seven or eight friends.

“We were four girls and seven guys. All of us are in our late teens or early twenties. We went to the cinemas, our bags were checked and we were allowed to go inside. We went upstairs and started protesting. That’s when we were asked to leave. And we were leaving, when the security stopped us and asked us to move to the basement,” Aly told us.

“When I refused to be taken there, three guns were pointed at me. Since we were covering the protest live, the guard snatched the phone from my hand and collected from others as well. We were then ushered to the basement where were manhandled, slapped and pushed around,” he added.

“My question to the authorities is why were we assaulted like this? There were more than 15 security guards there and they took us in a police van. We were demanded an apology or an FIR would be lodged against us,” continued Aly.

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Original news : https://tribune.com.pk/story/1763493/4-cinema-staff-detains-group-youth-protesting-screening-ali-zafars-movie/