Pakistani anti-government protesters stormed the state TV building on Monday, forcing the channel briefly off air as they clashed with police. (Sept. 1)
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Islamabad, Pakistan - September 1, 2014
1. Mid of protesters celebrating
2. Mid of damaged cars, protesters in background
3. Wide of protesters outside Pakistan state TV building
4. Wide of protesters on road outside of Pakistan state TV (PTV) building
5. Various Pakistan Army arriving at PTV building in vehicles and on foot
6. Wide of protesters chanting, soldiers trying to usher them away
7. Wide of protesters walking away from PTV building
8. Wide of soldiers pushing protesters back
Pakistani anti-government protesters stormed the state TV building on Monday, forcing the channel briefly off air as they clashed with police.
The protesters pushed further into a government complex in the capital, Islamabad, in an effort to reach the prime minister's residence.
Anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan have been leading twin protests since mid-August calling on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign.
The protesters made it to a gate that surrounds the prime minister's residence where they were met by paramilitary Rangers and army troops.
Pakistan's state broadcaster said protesters attacked its building, located in another area of the Red Zone, a complex of government buildings and grassy lawns in the center of Islamabad.
It went off the air briefly while private channels showed images of protesters inside the state TV building, moving through the corridors with sticks and clubs.
Army troops and paramilitary Rangers then reached the building and began to clear it of protesters.