700 Bhutto Supporters Arrested

Bhutto claims 'thousands' of activists have been arrested
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2007 5:45 AM CST
Unidentified Pakistani protesters flash victory signs from a police lock-up facilit, after they were arrested for protesting against Pakistan's military ruler President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in Multan,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – More than 700 supporters of opposition leader Benazar Bhutto were arrested overnight, her party claims, in anticipation of a mass rally planned for tomorrow in Rawalpindi to protest emergency rule in Pakistan. In Karachi, five people arrested earlier were charged with treason for making speeches critical of the government; if convicted they would face a death sentence.

Until yesterday anti-government protests have been led by lawyers, enraged by the suspension of the constitution and the house arrest of the country's chief justice. But Bhutto's vow to hold a rally tomorrow and a mass  "long march" next week has emboldened her supporters: 400 of them faced down tear gas at a protest outside the parliament buildings yesterday.