Big demonstration against Pakistani dictator Musharraf

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From British daily The Guardian:

Thousands swell ranks of marchers to demand that Musharraf goes

· Protest leader claims stalemate is broken
· Roads blocked but rally expected to be peaceful

* Declan Walsh in Rawalpindi

* Saturday June 14 2008

Tens of thousands of protesters pressed towards Islamabad last night on a lawyer-led “long march” that threatened to shake Pakistan‘s fragile government and further erode the authority of President Pervez Musharraf.

As the boisterous parade crawled through the garrison city of Rawalpindi, where Musharraf lives, protest leader Aitzaz Ahsan predicted it would have a “profound effect” on the country’s stormy political scene.

“This is a popular movement,” he declared as cheering supporters showered his open-top bus with rose petals. “The stalemate is broken. It will be the tipping point for Musharraf.”

The lawyers’ main demand is for the restoration of about 45 judges fired by Musharraf last year including the deposed chief justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. But the march has become a lightning rod for much broader issues – anger with Musharraf and America.

“Go, Musharraf, go” and “Musharraf is a dog” were the most popular slogans, as the cavalcade wound its way overnight on the last leg from Lahore. Numbers swelled dramatically when it reached Rawalpindi despite sweltering hot weather. The atmosphere was political and festive.

Thousands of residents flooded on to the streets to support the protest or waved from the rooftops.

One man leaned out of a passing car, wagging his finger. “Convey our message to the world that we hate Musharraf,” he said.

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