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Gwadar protest leader warns Chinese to leave key Belt and Road port

Pakistani government faces increasingly confrontational local rights movement

Chinese workers arrive in Gwadar, Pakistan, in 2017. A local protest leader has warned Chinese nationals to leave as he pressures the Pakistani government to meet his demands.   © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- A protest leader in the Pakistani port town of Gwadar, a key hub for China's Belt and Road Initiative, has warned Chinese citizens to leave by Thursday -- turning up the heat on a federal government already under pressure to protect Beijing's interests.

For over 50 days, the Haq Do Tehreek (Gwadar Rights Movement) has been staging a sit-in protest outside the main entrance to the port.

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