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Making A Living While Protesting Pakistan's Government

Thousands of supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan and his ally Tahir ul-Qadri, a cleric, have been camped out by the parliament building in Islamabad for weeks in a protest against the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The protesters accuse the prime minister of rigging last year's election that brought him back to power. The number of demonstrators has declined since the protest began in August, but some have vowed to stay until Sharif resigns. While they make their temporary home near the parliament, some people are scraping by on their earnings from selling food and other goods to fellow protesters. (Photos by Ahmad Shah Azami , RFERL’s Radio Mashaal)

Young men prepare tea with milk at the protest camp near the parliament in Islamabad.
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Young men prepare tea with milk at the protest camp near the parliament in Islamabad.

A vendor sells snuff tobacco.
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A vendor sells snuff tobacco.

A fruit merchant sells peaches and grapes.
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A fruit merchant sells peaches and grapes.

A man prepares a fire at his makeshift stove.
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A man prepares a fire at his makeshift stove.

Vendors sell medical supplies at the protest camp.
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Vendors sell medical supplies at the protest camp.

A small food stall
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A small food stall

A lemonade stand
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A lemonade stand

A vendor sells dandasa, pieces of tree bark used to whiten teeth.
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A vendor sells dandasa, pieces of tree bark used to whiten teeth.

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