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Religious Students Protest for 2nd Day

October 29, 1996|From Times Wire Reports

More than 2,000 religious students demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto attempted to storm the parliament building in the capital, Islamabad, before being fought off by police and soldiers. Riot police fired tear gas and beat back protesters with sticks and clubs, preventing them from entering the white marble building. The students, supporters of the fundamentalist Jamaat-i-Islami party, pelted police with rocks and bricks. The protest marked the second day of such clashes. Police fired tear gas on thousands who tried to rush past barricades protecting the capital Sunday, forcing the crowd to the city's outskirts. Organizers called off a third day of demonstrations that had been planned for Wednesday.

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