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Big Protest in Turkey Against Prophet Cartoons 


Thousands of people rallied Sunday in Turkey in that country's largest protest against cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

At least 30,000 people demonstrated in the eastern city of Diyarbakir, shouting slogans against Denmark, where the cartoons were first published. In Istanbul, protesters threw eggs at the French consulate and called for revenge over the publication of the cartoons.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the protests across the Muslim world could spin out of control if governments refuse to urge their citizens to remain calm. She also again accused Iran and Syria of using the cartoons to incite anti-West violence - a charge Iran denied Sunday.

Violence or threats have led Denmark to withdraw its diplomats from Iran, Syria and Indonesia. But Indonesia's foreign minister, Hassan Wirajuda, said his country had security measures in place to protect the Danes.

In Pakistan, the United Nations has limited the movement of staff and supplies because of protests against the cartoons. But officials say the decision has had only a minor effect on relief efforts for survivors of last year's earthquake.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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