LAHORE Fed up with long spells of power outages, thousands of people took to streets across the country on 4th consecutive day on Monday to vent their anger against the policymakers, demanding the coalition government to step down if they are unable to tackle energy crisis, worsening day by day. The Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) has resorted to 16 to 20-hour load shedding in the country as according to the officials, the electricity shortfall reached above 5000 MW on Monday. Dozens of demonstrators sustained injuries during violent and countrywide protests on Monday, as angry mobs staged strong protest demos by setting the tyres on fire, disrupting traffic flow at the leading arteries including the National Highways and Grand Trunk (GT) Road. The protests triggered clashes between the police and the demonstrators as the policemen fired tear gas shells and opened warning shots to disperse the protesters and to maintain law and order situation in various big cities of the country. In Lahore, police fired tear gas shells and wielded to batons as angry mobs took to the streets and staged violent protests against 18-hour power outages in various parts of the City. A good number of people took to streets and staged strong protest demos against 18-hour power breakdown in more than four different parts of the Punjab Capital on Monday. The protesters blocked the roads by setting the tyres on fire, disrupting the traffic flow across the provincial metropolis. The protesters demanded the government to immediately end the menace of loadshedding from the country or quit as, according to them, the government has badly failed to overcome energy crisis despite increasing electricity tariff by more than 100 per cent during the last two years. Massive power outages sparked violent protests in Lahore, which continued throughout Monday as helpless consumers including traders and shopkeepers took to streets and staged anti-govt protests. The protesters took out rallies and staged strong protest demos in various parts of the City including Bhatti Gate, Circular Road, Bund Road, Ravi Road, and Baghbanpura areas. The protesters were carrying placards and banners inscribed with demand of immediate end to loadshedding. They also chanted slogans against the govt, democracy and political leadership. They blocked the traffic by setting the tyres on fire and disrupted the traffic flow at important roads for no less than two hours as long queues of vehicles were witnessed on the leading arteries. Muhammad Jamil, one of the protesters, said that morally this govt should quit as they failed to improve power supply despite the fact that they spent two years promising to end loadshedding by December 2009. Heavy police contingents reached responded to the protesters and tried to disperse the angry protesters but failed. The police later resorted to baton charge and fired tear gas shells on the protesters to resume traffic flow in the congested localities. The protesters said that the so-called democratic govt has badly failed to address the genuine problems being faced by the people. The motorists who were leaving for other cities from Lahore remain trapped at Bund Road for two hours as the violent clashes disrupted the traffic flow and cut off road links of the City with other districts. The protesters also set the electricity bills on fire and demanded the government to immediately end the menace of power outages. The traders said that massive power outages have destroyed the business activities in the City and due to the excessive loadshedding the businessmen have been left with no other option but to close down industrial units. In Gujranwala, the protesters gathered at the main road and blocked the road by setting the tyres on fire, disrupting the traffic flow between Lahore and Islamabad for no less than three hours. Reportedly, a great number of people took to streets and staged strong protests in Lahore, Multan, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Khanewal, Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Okara, Sahiwal, Sheikhupura, Narowal and Bahawalnagar. According to local TV channels, hundreds of people also took out protest rallies against the massive power outages in Nawab Shah, Dulatpur, Sukrund, Qazi Ahmed, Hyderabad, Thatha, Mirpur Khas, Sukkur and Ghotki districts of Sindh province. The long spells of power breakdown also forced the people to take to streets in Swat, Mansehra, Hangu, Kohistan, and Noshehra. Similarly, the residents of Quetta, Jhul Magsi, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Chaman, Qila Saifullah, Loralai and Pishin also staged strong protests against massive power outages.