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AP Crows: Thousands Battle Pakistani Police

From an overjoyed Associated Press:

An AP photo of one tremendous “battle” between the police and protesters.

Thousands battle Pakistani police

By MUNIR AHMAD, Associated Press Writer

Police fired tear gas and battered thousands of lawyers protesting President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s decision to impose emergency rule, as Western allies threatened to review aid to the troubled Muslim nation. More than 1,500 people have been arrested in 48 hours, and authorities put a stranglehold on independent media.

Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 coup and is also head of Pakistan’s army, suspended the constitution on Saturday ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on whether his re-election as president was legal. He ousted independent-minded judges, stripped media freedoms and granted sweeping powers to authorities to crush dissent.

Though public anger was mounting in the nation of 160 million people, which has been under military rule for much of its 60-year history, demonstrations so far have been limited largely to activists, rights workers and lawyers. All have been quickly and sometimes brutally stamped out

Musharraf reiterated to foreign ambassadors Monday that he was committed to complete the transition to democracy, though, under a state of emergency, elections scheduled for January could be pushed back by up to a year, according to the government.

Critics say Musharraf imposed emergency rule in a last-ditch attempt to cling to power.

His leadership is threatened by the Islamic militant movement that has spread from border regions to the capital, the reemergence of political rival and former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, and an increasingly defiant Supreme Court, which has been virtually decimated in the last two days.

Since late Saturday, between 1,500 and 1,800 people have been detained nationwide, an Interior Ministry official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. They include opposition leaders, lawyers and human rights activists who might mobilize protests…

In the biggest gathering Monday, about 2,000 lawyers congregated at the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore. As lawyers tried to exit onto a main road, hundreds of police stormed inside, swinging batons and firing tear gas. Lawyers, shouting “Go Musharraf Go!” responded by throwing stones and beating police with tree branches.

Police bundled about 250 lawyers into waiting vans, an Associated Press reporter saw. At least two were bleeding from the head

At last here is a story our watchdog media can get excited about.

Never mind that Mr. Musharraf is trying to keep his country from being taken over by the Taliban. (A country with a nuclear arsenal, thanks to Mr. Clinton.)

Never mind that Mr. Musharraf was just re-elected by parliament in an landslide under the Pakistani system, and that the opposition are trying to force him out of office on a preposterous technicality.

But oddly enough the wire services don’t have any photos of the thousands battling the police.

Meanwhile, there were dozens of photos of Hugo Chavez’s thugs attacking Venezuelan protesters over the last week weeks. And yet there have been precious few news stories on the attacks.

After all, Mr. Chavez’s actions are perfectly justifiable in the minds of our mainstream media.

Pakistan falling to the Taliban is now the last best hope for the terrorists, the Democrats and the rest of the America (and freedom) hating left.

So of course our media will continue to do everything in their powers to help bring that about.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 5th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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