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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.
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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.
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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.

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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?

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