News / Middle East

    Pakistan Protesters March on US Consulate

    Pakistani protesters hurl back tear gas fired by police, unseen, to stop them from walking toward the U.S. consulate during a demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.Pakistani protesters hurl back tear gas fired by police, unseen, to stop them from walking toward the U.S. consulate during a demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.
    x
    Pakistani protesters hurl back tear gas fired by police, unseen, to stop them from walking toward the U.S. consulate during a demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.
    Pakistani protesters hurl back tear gas fired by police, unseen, to stop them from walking toward the U.S. consulate during a demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.
    VOA News
    Hundreds of Pakistanis protesting an anti-Islam video produced in the United States have clashed with police as they tried to march toward the U.S. Consulate in the southern city of Karachi.

    Police fired tear gas and water cannon at the demonstrators Sunday as they approached the heavily guarded consulate.

    Karachi police chief Iqbal Mehmood said the clashes left eight people injured. The rally was organized by a Shi'ite Muslim religious group.

    In the Pakistani city of Lahore, about 5,000 people protested against the film. Peaceful demonstrations were held in several other cities in Pakistan, where the protest actions were generally small compared to previous bouts of unrest.

    Although demonstrations in other Muslim countries that peaked on Friday have largely subsided, a small group of activists burned an American flag outside the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara on Sunday.

    Western embassies across the Muslim world remain on high alert.

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday the turmoil raging across the Muslim world is likely to continue into the days ahead, but that the violence expected by the U.S. appears to be leveling off.

    Meanwhile, the president of Libya's National Assembly told CBS News that about 50 people have been arrested in connection with the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which he said was planned by foreigners linked to al-Qaida.

    Mohamed Magarief said there was little doubt the assault was planned rather than a spontaneous reaction to the video, citing the fact that it came on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States.

    But the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said that preliminary information indicated the consulate attack was not pre-meditated.

    She said last week's assault began with a "spontaneous" protest over the anti-Islamic video, which followed similar demonstrations in Egypt, where the U.S. embassy was stormed.

    Rice told ABC News that Washington believed a small number of people came to the consulate "to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo."

    She said that as the event unfolded, "it seems to have been hijacked...by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons. And it then evolved from there."

    U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was killed in the attack along with three other Americans. Several demonstrators have died since then.

    The State Department Saturday ordered the departure of all non-essential personnel and the families of diplomats from its embassies in Sudan and Tunisia. The order also warned U.S. citizens against travel to the two countries because of concerns about rising anti-American violence.

    The man allegedly behind the obscure, private film was questioned Saturday by U.S. authorities in California.

    You May Like

    Video Democrats Clinton, Kaine Offer 'Very Different Vision' Than Trump

    In a jab at Trump, Clinton says her team wants to 'build bridges, not walls'; Obama Hails Kaine's record; Trump calls Kaine a 'job-killer'

    Turkey Wants Pakistan to Close Down institutions, Businesses Linked to Gulen

    Thousands of Pakistani students are enrolled in Gulen's commercial network of around two dozen institutions operating in Pakistan for over two decades

    AU Passport A Work in Progress

    Who will get the passport and what the benefits are still need to be worked out

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Sardar KHAN from: UK
    September 17, 2012 8:49 AM
    It is very well to defend FREE SPEECH,but there are also conditions are attached to have a right of free speech.
    1.No provocations be made against others religious believes.
    2.What ever is said should be factually truth and not just to boil
    over to insult other's believes.
    If those rules are fallowed in word,deed and writing,there will never any complaints are made.But when these rules are abondoned to deliberately make offensive material to degrade someones religion all the troubles are let loose.and the offended people have all the right to make protests in all legimate ways also that comes under free speech.
    So you can't make one acceptable and dismiss the other completely as unadmisible.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    September 17, 2012 8:06 AM
    Once again the government of the USA got it wrong. Heavy artillery weapon is not like self defense arms that individuals can carry about. So if Susan Rice agrees with any suggestion that the killing of Chris Stevens on the anniversary of 9/11 was a coincident, then we can see through the lines of Obama's defense and its claim that Iran sanctions is working; and the claim that Iran is not about to produce a nuclear bomb in six months. First there's intelligence failure in Libya (as it ruefully has also failed in Iran), then there is a gross miscalculation of islamic hatred for USA worldwide as the nascent decade attack was aimed at telling the USA it's another long decade of violence.

    There is widespread rejection of American freedoms in muslim countries at the moment, and the nuclear pursuit by Iran is not just meant for Israel but for USA for introducing all the moral decay causing rioting out there. Iran only takes the lead to destroy USA (not Israel) as it prepares to foist itself on the rest of the muslim world as its real leader, when it has taken out USA which is viewed as hand of the devil in the muslim world.

    by: Mike from: California
    September 16, 2012 1:53 PM
    It is very important that the U.S. stand firm on defending our Constitution against the efforts of outside forces to make us unwilling to defend our rights. It is far more important to defend freedom of speech than backdown in fear. There are previous instances of the U.S. backing down and it will only encourage more of this behavior. Shame on the U.S. government for taking the film maker into custody in the middle of the night. Reminds me of Putin.

    by: Sunny Enwerem from: Nigeria
    September 16, 2012 1:49 AM
    This is like a zombi call,is al qaida now speaking for the Muslim world?i understand their grievance but does that call for continues distraction and attack on a particular nation?

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    In State of Emergency, Turkey’s Erdogan Focuses on Spiritual Movementi
    X
    July 22, 2016 11:49 AM
    The state of emergency that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared is giving him even more power to expand a purge that has seen an estimated 60,000 people either arrested or suspended from their jobs. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports from Istanbul.
    Video

    Video In State of Emergency, Turkey’s Erdogan Focuses on Spiritual Movement

    The state of emergency that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared is giving him even more power to expand a purge that has seen an estimated 60,000 people either arrested or suspended from their jobs. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports from Istanbul.
    Video

    Video Scientists in Poland Race to Save Honeybees

    Honeybees are in danger worldwide. Causes of what's known as colony collapse disorder range from pesticides and loss of habitat to infections. But scientists in Poland say they are on track to finding a cure for one of the diseases. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Wall Already Runs Along Parts of US-Mexico Border

    The Republican Party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, gained the support of many voters by saying he would build a wall to keep undocumented immigrants and drugs from coming across the border from Mexico. Critics have called his idea impractical and offensive to Mexico, while supporters say such a bold approach is needed to control the border. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from the border town of Nogales, Arizona.
    Video

    Video New HIV Tests Emphasize Rapid Results

    As the global fight against AIDS intensifies, activists have placed increasing importance on getting people to know their HIV status. Some companies are developing new HIV testing methods designed to be quick, easy and accurate. Thuso Khumalo looks at the latest methods, presented at the International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa.
    Video

    Video African Youth with HIV Urge More Support

    HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is the top killer of teens in sub-Saharan Africa. But many youths say their experience with the virus is unique and needs to be addressed differently than the adult epidemic. VOA South African Correspondent Anita Powell reports.
    Video

    Video Poor Residents in Cleveland Not Feeling High Hopes of Republican Convention

    With the Republican Party's National Convention underway in Cleveland, Ohio, delegates and visitors are gathered in the host city's downtown - waiting to hear from the party's presidential candidate, Donald Trump. But a few kilometers from the convention's venue, Cleveland's poorest residents are not convinced Trump or his policies will make a difference in their lives. VOA's Ramon Taylor spoke with some of these residents as well as some of the Republican delegates and filed this report.
    Video

    Video Pop-Up Art Comes to Your Living Room, Backyard and Elsewhere

    Around the world, independent artists and musicians wrestle with a common problem: where to exhibit or perform? Traditional spaces such as museums and galleries are reserved for bigger names, and renting a space is not feasible for many. Enter ArtsUp, which connects artists with venue owners. Whether it’s a living room, restaurant, office or even a boat, pop-up events are bringing music and art to unexpected places. Tina Trinh has more.
    Video

    Video With Yosemite as Backdrop, Obama Praises National Parks

    Last month, President Barack Obama and his family visited some of the most beautiful national parks in the U.S. Using the majestic backdrop of a towering waterfall in California's Yosemite National Park, Obama praised the national park system which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. He talked about the importance of America’s “national treasures” and the need to protect them from climate change and other threats. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
    Video

    Video Counter-Islamic State Coalition Plots Next Steps

    As momentum shifts against Islamic State in Iraq, discussions are taking place about the next steps for driving the terrorist group from its final strongholds. Secretary of State John Kerry is hosting a counter-IS meeting at the State Department, a day after defense ministers from more than 30 countries reviewed and agreed upon a course of action. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb reports.
    Video

    Video Russia's Participation at Brazil Olympic Games Still In Question

    The International Olympic Committee has delayed a decision on whether to ban all Russian teams from competing in next month's Olympic Games in Brazil over allegations of an elaborate doping scheme. The World Anti-Doping Agency recently released an independent report alleging widespread doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. So far, only Russian track and field athletes have been barred from the Summer Games in Brazil. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Scotland’s Booming Whisky Industry Fears Brexit Hangover

    After Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Scotland’s government wants to break away from the United Kingdom – fearing the nation’s exports are at risk. Among the biggest of these is whisky. Henry Ridgwell reports on a time of turmoil for those involved in the ancient art of distilling Scotland’s most famous product.
    Video

    Video Millennials Could Determine Who Wins Race to White House

    With only four months to go until Americans elect a new president, one group of voters is getting a lot more attention these days: those ages 18 to 35, a generation known as millennials. It’s a demographic that some analysts say could have the power to decide the 2016 election. But a lot depends on whether they actually turn out to vote. VOA’s Alexa Lamanna reports.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora