1. UPDATED — Aug. 31, 1:30 a.m. EDT
3. The clashes began as the protesters attempted to march on the official residence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Pakistani authorities used shipping container barriers in an attempt to stop the protesters’ advance. The clashes reportedly ignited Saturday when the protesters began removing the barriers.
5. The protesters are loyal to Tahir ul-Qadri, pictured below, and Imran Khan, two opposition politicians.
On Saturday, ul-Qadri addressed his supporters outside the parliament house. Both he and Khan had said they planned to lead the march on Sharif’s home, but a BBC reporter did not see them at the scene.
6. The protests began Aug. 14 with a march from the city of Lahore to Islamabad. Despite some initial clashes, the Associated Press reported that the protests subsequently were “festive,” with the protesters camped outside the parliament building.
9. Pakistani Defense Minister Khwaja Mohammad Asif later told reporters the police managed to disperse the protesters from the lawn and parking lot of the parliament building.
11. Scores of protesters were injured in the clashes.
Local hospitals told the BBC that 264 people were injured, including 26 policemen. The AP reported that more than 300 people were injured, while AFP put the count even higher, at more than 400 people.
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