100s Hurt In Pak Anti-Blasphemy Protests

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Islamabad—Clashes between anti-blasphemy protesters and police have left at least 174 people injured in Pakistan’s capital, hospital officials said, as demonstrators beat back a government crackdown and continued to block a major highway into the city.

Thousands of riot police and paramilitary personnel on Saturday fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon at the protesters in an attempt to dislodge them from a major intersection on the Islamabad expressway.

The protesters, numbering as many as 2,000, stood their ground, fighting back by throwing stones and beating police with sticks and metal rods in running battles that continued throughout the day.

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