OUR STAFF REPORTERs LAHORE As everyday protests on The Mall the citys most famous road-cum-business centre have generated smouldering anger against protesters, the nurses from a nearby hospital became the first victims of the local traders rage, who vent their wrath on the medics for allegedly destroying their businesses for about five hours on Thursday. The 'henchmen of these traders used batons, clubs, cudgels and truncheons to batter the poor nurses, who were protesting against weak structures of salaries. Some of them were seriously injured. Later, the local businessmen brought out a rally of their own to protest against the almost-daily processions on The Mall. They urged the city administration to materialise fully a recently-scribed agreement whereby protests on The Mall have been banned. Meanwhile, the Young Nurses Association has given call for strike at healthcare facilities besides announcing to stage a sit in on The Mall on Friday (today) to press for the demand of special pay package, revised service structure and regularization of ad-hoc nurses. With the nine hours long protest on The Mall on Thursday failed to bring any government functionary on negotiation table, the nurses announced to continue protest besides giving a strike call at hospitals in the City for Friday. Police baton charge on the protesting nurses and throwing foul eggs by the traders caused the opposition party in the province, PMA Punjab, Young Doctors Association and several other organizations to condemn the incident and raise voice in their favour. YDA Punjab, led by its president Dr Hamid Butt, took lead in coming to the support of protesting nurses. Dr Butt and his colleagues reached the spot and condemn the act of police personnel and traders and announced to support the cause of nurses. He urged the rulers to fulfill the legitimate demands of nurses so that they could serve the suffering humanity wholeheartedly. PPP leader Shaukat Basra, JI leader Farid Piracha and PMA Punjab have also condemned the incident and stressed upon fulfilling the demands of nurses. Earlier, defying the ban imposed on rallies on The Mall, hundreds of Nurses from different public hospitals virtually took over the leading road in provincial metropolis for over six hours on Thursday. Clashes erupted between policewomen and the protesting nurses as they tried to clear the road for traffic by forcibly repelling the protesters. The traders at the Mall also pelted the protesting nurses with rotten eggs, triggering physical clashes outside the Punjab Assembly. The charged protesters gathered in front of the Punjab Assembly building, to press the government to improve their salary structure. The massive protests and hours-long siege of The Mall triggered worst traffic mess across the City as protesters in great number also occupied both sides of the road by setting the tyres on fire. They were chanting slogans against the government. Interestingly, hundreds of policewomen were called in to disperse the protesting nurses but they were seen visibly helpless. Even ambulances were seen stuck up in the worst traffic chaos as the traffic wardens failed to clear the routes for the emergency vehicles. The policemen blocked all the adjacent arteries leading towards Mall road and Lower Mall by putting barriers on the roads to avoid any untoward happening. The charged protesters were seen confronting cops by halting their vehicles and movement. The policemen diverted the traffic flow towards already jam packed road, multiplying the miseries of the motorists. There was bumper-to-bumper traffic at the Jail road, Canal Road, Ferozepur Road, Multan Road and other adjacent arteries. Hundreds of motorists remain trapped on the roads and at the intersections for several hours. Several vehicles, stuck up in the middle of the roads, stop working after the fuel ended, while the motorists were seen cursing the traffic policemen. The policemen deployed alongside the roads to stop the traffic movement towards protesting site were seen exchanging hot words with the people. The shopkeepers at The Mall, where several leading shopping centers are located, immediately also threw rotten eggs on the nurses in protest. The traders said that due to the frequent protest demonstrations on The Mall, they had been facing businesses losses of millions of rupees. The Punjab government has imposed a ban on taking out rallies on The Mall with effect from July 1, 2011. The protesting nurses, however, disperse after Thursday evening and announced that they would resume the protest demonstration on Friday (today).