More than two weeks of protests in Pakistan came to a head Saturday evening when police clashed with thousands of protesters in Islamabad, the capital.
The clashes began as the protesters attempted to march on the official residence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The protesters are loyal to Tahir ul-Qadri, pictured below, and Imran Khan, two opposition politicians.
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.
During the clashes Saturday, protesters were met by thousands of police in riot gear, as well as military personnel.
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.
Scores of protesters were injured in the clashes.
Women and children were among the injured protesters.
Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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