Police used tear gas and baton charges Monday to break up protests as thousands of lawyers took to the streets across Pakistan in the first significant demonstrations against President Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule on Saturday.
The largest rally took place in the eastern city of Lahore, where lawyers and police battled each other at the city's High Court complex. Several lawyers were injured, and hundreds were arrested before the protesters were dispersed.
Lawyers vowed to continue their protests in the coming days.
"We are determined that until there is freedom for the judges and the overturn of emergency rule, this war will continue," said Anwar Shaheen, a lawyer in Lahore. "They can't quiet us."
In suits and ties no less, as you can see from related pictures of the protests. In case you haven't been paying attention, about no lawyers in this country have all that eagerly swept into the streets to protest abuses of our Constitution over the last several years.
Not that it'll help much, but if you want to go tell President Bush that it's these people-not a dictator-who we ought to be supporting, you can here.