Protesters clash with police in Pakistani capital

January 15, 2013
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Supporters of Pakistani Sunni Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, march towards high security area Red Zone at an anti government rally in Islamabad, Pakistan Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Thousands of Pakistanis fed up with political leaders they say are corrupt and indifferent rallied in the Pakistani capital Tuesday, as the fiery cleric who organized the rally called for the government to resign and for his followers to remain on the streets until then. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Protesters at an anti-government rally have clashed with police in the Pakistani capital.

Television footage showed police shooting into the air to push back protesters early Tuesday.

The demonstration was led by a cleric who recently returned from Canada and has galvanized Pakistanis by railing against a government that many feel is deeply corrupt.

During a speech to supporters early in the morning in Islamabad, cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri called on the government to resign.