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.