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Protests continue around Middle East

ELSEWHERE

INDIA

Obama effigy burned

Thousands protested in the volatile Indian-controlled region of Kashmir, burning U.S. flags and calling President Barack Obama a "terrorist." The top government cleric reportedly demanded Americans leave immediately. In the southern city of Chennai, protesters threw stones at the U.S. Consulate, shattering some windows and burning an effigy of Obama. Police quickly cleared the area, arresting more than 100 protesters.

BANGLADESH

5,000 march

Some 5,000 hardline Muslims marched in the streets of the capital, Dhaka, after Friday prayers, burning U.S. and Israeli flags and calling for the death of the filmmaker. Police prevented them from marching toward the U.S. Embassy several miles away.

AFGHANISTAN

1,500 protesters

About 1,500 protested outside the eastern city of Jalalabad, shouting "Death to America" and urging President Hamid Karzai to sever relations with the U.S.

PAKISTAN

Peaceful protests

Hundreds of hardline Muslims held peaceful protests against the film throughout Pakistan, shouting slogans and carrying banners criticizing the U.S. and those involved in the film. Police in Islamabad set up barricades and razor wire to block off a diplomatic enclave where the U.S. Embassy and many other foreign missions are located.

Two dead, 29 injured in protests outside U.S. Embassy

Violent protests outside the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Tunis, were met with tear gas and gunshots, leaving two people dead, 29 others injured and plumes of black smoke drifting over the city. Several dozen protesters briefly stormed the embassy compound, tearing down the American flag and raising a banner bearing the Muslim profession of faith. They also set fire to an American school adjacent to the embassy compound and prevented firefighters from approaching it. The school appeared to be empty, and no injuries were reported.

Despite attempts by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi to quell tensions, demonstrators came out after weekly Friday prayers. Many clerics in their sermons urged congregations to defend their faith, denouncing the obscure movie Innocence of Muslims, which denigrated the prophet Mohammed.

Associated Press

Hundreds riot, 1 dead

Riot police clashed with hundreds of protesters blocks away from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, killing one protester, as President Mohammad Morsi broadcast an appeal to Muslims to protect embassies and tried to patch up strained relations with Washington. After weekly prayers, a crowd in Tahrir Square tore up an American flag and waved a black Islamist flag. When protesters tried to move toward the embassy, ranks of police confronted them, firing tear gas.

German Embassy hit

Hundreds of protesters stormed the German Embassy in the capital, Khartoum, burning a car behind its gates and trash cans before police, firing tear gas, drove them out. There appeared to be no injuries to embassy staff and no apparent damage to the building. Most protesters dispersed, but one group marched to the nearby British Embassy.

Protesters blocked

Security forces shot live rounds in the air and fired tear gas at a crowd of around 2,000 protesters trying to march to the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Sana. Police kept the crowd at bay about a block away. Friday's demonstration came a day after hundreds stormed the embassy compound and burned the American flag.

KFC set afire

On the day Pope Benedict arrived for a scheduled visit, security forces opened fire in Tripoli, killing one person after a crowd angry over the film set fire to a KFC and a Hardee's restaurant. About 25 people, including 18 policemen, were injured in the melee.

Protests in 2 cities

Hundreds demonstrated in Baghdad's northern Sunni neighborhood of Azamaiyah, some shouting: "No, no America! No, no to Israel," and, "We are ready to sacrifice ourselves for our prophet." Dozens also marched in Baghdad's poor Sadr City district. In the southern city of Basra, about 1,000 took to the streets and burned the American and Israeli flags.

Flags burned

Thousands shouted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" in Tehran in a demonstration after Friday prayers. Some burned the American and Israeli flags. State TV says similar protests were held in other Iranian cities.

Sermons against film

In the city of Nablus, about 200 people demonstrated against the film as Muslim clerics throughout the territory preached against it in their Friday sermons.

400 try for consulate

Israeli police say about 400 people marched toward the U.S. Consulate in East Jerusalem in protest over the film. Demonstrators threw bottles and stones at police, who responded by firing stun grenades. Four protesters were arrested, and the crowd was prevented from reaching the consulate.

Chanting, burning

More than 2,000 protesters chanted against the film and burned American and Israeli flags after Friday prayers in Diraz, outside the capital, Manama. Security forces were absent. Separately, Bahrain's Interior Ministry ordered media regulators to attempt to block access to the film.

1,000 outside embassy

About 1,000 protesters gathered outside the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in the capital, Doha, chanting anti-U.S. slogans and calling for Washington to remove its military presence. An influential cleric reminded worshipers that the American government had no role in the film and that "loyalty to the prophet is not expressed by attacking embassies."

200 at closed embassy

About 200 protesters waved the Syrian flag and shouted anti-American slogans outside the long-closed U.S. Embassy in Damascus. The crowd held banners saying: "He who curses the prophet doesn't seek democracy" and "a nation whose prophet is Mohammed, would never kneel down." The U.S. Embassy has been closed since February.

Hundreds protest

Hundreds of people gathered in Istanbul's Beyazit Square to protest the film. The protest was organized by Turkey's main Islamist political party, Saadet.

Drones draw fire

U.S. drones hovered over Benghazi and militia forces fired toward the aircraft, prompting authorities to close the airport for several hours for fear that a commercial aircraft could be hit, Libyan officials said.

Two dead, 29 injured

Violent protests outside the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Tunis, were met with tear gas and gunshots, leaving two people dead, 29 others injured and plumes of black smoke wafting over the city. Several dozen protesters briefly stormed the embassy compound, tearing down the American flag and raising a banner bearing the Muslim profession of faith. They also set fire to an American school adjacent to the embassy compound and prevented firefighters from approaching it. The school appeared to be empty and no injuries were reported.

Protests continue around Middle East 09/15/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:31am]
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