RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN — * Police arrested former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto yesterday after she and supporters broke through police barricades to lead a banned antigovernment protest.
About 200 police surrounded Ms. Bhutto and took her into custody, along with other political leaders who support her bid to oust the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. She was driven to an unknown destination, escorted by police vans.
"My arrest won't make any difference. The struggle will continue," she told 30,000 to 40,000 supporters who endured steady bursts of tear gas to listen to her brief address.
She urged them to march on parliament until they oust the Sharif government. After her arrest, the angry crowd battled thousands of riot police in the dark, narrow streets.
Bhutto supporters and police clashed in at least two other cities as well, and police arrested the former prime minister's mother, Nusrat, in the eastern city of Lahore while she was traveling to Islamabad to join the march.
Ms. Bhutto, an articulate politician known for her ability to attract crowds, was arrested as she proceeded with her plans for a 10-mile march from Rawalpindi to the federal capital, Islamabad. Public protests are banned.