Pakistanis Protest Court Ruling

Journalists, lawyers clash with police over decision allowing Musharraf to seek another term
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2007 4:45 PM CDT
Pakistani lawyers run for shelter after police fired tear gas shells to disperse them during a clash in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007. Riot police fired tear gas and used batons on protesting...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Protests broke out in Pakistan today after lawmakers approved Pervez Musharraf's run for re-election. Protesters, led by journalists and lawyers. clashed with police, who hurled tear gas and brandished riot batons outside a federal building. At least 3 demonstrators were hospitalized and 2 journalists arrested after the melee, CNN reports.

The government shut down TV channels for airing the protests, another sign of a tense election week ahead in Pakistan. Musharraf has promised to leave his military post if re-elected, but protesters argue that he must drop the position first. Musharraf has been unable to strike a power-sharing deal with Benazir Bhutto, the exiled ex-PM who blames his handlers for scuttling the accord.