Pakistan police detain more than 500 activists

May 5, 2007 04:57


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Police detained hundreds of opposition activists ahead of a rally Saturday that organizers predict will be the biggest yet in support of Pakistan's ousted chief justice. President Gen. Pervez Musharraf touched off a political storm by suspending Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry on March 9 for allegedly abusing his office. Lawyers and opposition parties have staged a series of anti-Musharraf demonstrations across the country, and hope to draw huge crowds to a rally Saturday in the eastern city of Lahore, where Chaudhry is to speak. Ameer ul-Azeem, a spokesman for a coalition of religious opposition parties, accused authorities of rounding up "thousands" of activists, mostly in Lahore, to stymie the protest.

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