| GEO Pakistan|
| Lawyers protest at SC; police resort to baton charge|
| Updated at: 1914 PST, Thursday, September 04, 2008|
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani riot police used sticks to beat lawyers demanding the reinstatement of dozens of judges sacked by former president Pervez Musharraf.
The riot broke out after around 100 black-suited lawyers tried to enter the Supreme Court building by climbing the main gates, shouting slogans against the new chief justice appointed by Musharraf in November.
After the 15-minute brawl, the lawyers retreated but continued their demonstration.
Some 500 lawyers had been joined by political party workers and other supporters carrying black flags, placards and banners in front of parliament house and the Supreme Court.
"This is the representative gathering of all lawyers and bar associations of Pakistan and our struggle will continue until the reinstatement of all judges," SCBA President Aitzaz Ahsan said.