Thousands of Pakistani lawyers and opposition party supporters burned effigies of President Pervez Musharraf and his allies Thursday over the suspension of the country's top judge.
The protests were the latest in a series to rock the country since military ruler Musharraf removed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on March 9 over alleged misconduct.
About 2,000 lawyers held a rally in Dera Ghazi Khan, a town in central Punjab province, and torched effigies of Musharraf and his ally Altaf Hussain, chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the ruling party in Karachi.
Lawyers gave angry speeches blaming Musharraf and Hussain for political clashes in Karachi on May 12 which left more than 40 people dead when Chaudhry tried to hold a rally there, witnesses said.
Some 3,000 lawyers, opposition activists, teachers, doctors and women's rights activists marched in Lahore and tore down hoardings of Musharraf and other government figures in front of the provincial assembly.
Lawyers boycotted courts in protest at the treatment of Chaudhry and chanted "Go Musharraf Go", "Musharraf dog" and "The war shall continue till the independence of judiciary".
Rallies were also held in Multan, Bahawalpur, Peshawar and several other Pakistani cities.
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