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Thousands Protest Exploitation Of Kids

Wed., April 26, 1995

Demanding an end to child labor, thousands of children and other protesters marched through Lahore on Tuesday to commemorate the killing this month of 12-year-old activist Iqbal Masih.

About one-third of the 3,000 marchers were children, many of them workers in carpet-weaving factories and other industries that employ child laborers for wages as low as one rupee, or about 3 cents, a day.

Iqbal, who achieved international recognition for his activism, was gunned down April 17 in his village of Muridke, 22 miles northwest of Lahore.

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