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Belt and Road

Pakistan's Belt and Road hub Gwadar hit by protest clampdown

Tensions risk damaging town's prospects as Chinese investment destination

The leader of a rights movement in Pakistan's port town of Gwadar argues residents are not benefiting from China-backed development.   © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- A de facto curfew has been imposed in Pakistan's port town of Gwadar after a crackdown on a local rights movement, casting a shadow over a key destination for China's Belt and Road infrastructure investment.

Tensions had been rising for weeks as the Haq Do Tehreek (Gwadar Rights Movement) staged sit-ins that obstructed the port. The leader of the movement, Maulana Hidayat ur Rehman, even issued an ultimatum for Chinese nationals working in the area to leave.

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