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Military called in to calm deadly protests in Pakistan

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Law enforcement use tear gas on Pakistani protesters who want the nation's prime minister to step aside. (Source: CNN) Law enforcement use tear gas on Pakistani protesters who want the nation's prime minister to step aside. (Source: CNN)
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ISLAMABAD - The anti-government protests in Pakistan have intensified over the last two weeks.

At least three people have died in clashes since Saturday.

The protesters are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

They say his election win in 2013 was rigged.

Hundreds of protesters took over the Pakistan television building, taking the channel off air for a short time.

The police were nowhere to be seen. The military has been asked to guard state institutions.

Soldiers are now marching in to the state broadcaster PTV. The protesters have not managed to breach this area before, or get so close.

Many of them though, clearly happy to see the military despite concerns by some about military intervention.

People are patting the military on the back, they're shouting ‘long live the army.'

They sealed off the area, pushing protesters back.

Police, on Monday it seemed, are taking a back seat.

But the protesters hadn't tired.

Hundreds of protesters charged up from main Constitution Avenue where the central protest is. They came to an area where police had positioned themselves. Police stood up in full riot gear and confronted the protesters.

The protesters spread out, trying to take more ground. Police charged them, but soon they came running back.

Police fired tear gas aimlessly into the crowds, so much of it that the air was thick with the milky white fumes.

There was no clear indication of a plan. Some police had no interest in facing the protesters, others calling on their colleagues to unite.

Many fighting with each other. Some protesters with chains, handcuffs and even a noose meant, they said, for the prime minister who says stepping down is out of the question.  

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