Pakistan: Thousands rally against rape law changes

December 10, 2006 16:43


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More than 20,000 supporters of an Islamic alliance rallied Sunday in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, demanding the government withdraw changes to a controversial rape laws. More than 300 riot police were deployed to keep the peace, and more than 20,000 supporters of a six-party coalition of Islamic groups - Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal or United Action Forum - joined the rally in downtown Karachi, said Mohammed Khurram, a Karachi police officer. No violence was reported. The protesters condemned President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, many chanting "Death to Musharraf," and one carried a sign reading, "No to conspiracy for indecency and obscenity."

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