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GREENS CONDEMN MUSHARRAF'S ACTIONS
The Green Party today criticised the actions of General Musahrraf in Pakistan, calling on the UK government to do all that they can to restore democracy.
Green Party Principal Speaker Dr Derek Wall said:
"Pakistan is in danger of becoming the new Burma. Musharraf has long been supported by Britain and America even though he came to power in a military coup.
"The present crackdown is not about fighting terrorism but about a politician fighting for political survival by suspending the judiciary.
"It seems clear that General Musharraf was acting to pre-empt a judgment by the Supreme Court on whether his re-election last month was legal.
"Surrounding the Supreme Court with troops, arresting public figures committed to democracy like Imran Khan, repressing the media - Musharraf's actions are outrageous.
"Pakistani TV news channels, which have huge audiences, are being prevented from broadcasting. It's thought that more than 1500 people have been arrested in the last 48 hours.
"The UK must bring to bear any and every diplomatic power at our disposal to ensure a return to democratic rule."
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