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Protests Erupt Across Islamic World Over Video

Pakistani protesters burn tires to block the main highway in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, September 21, 2012.
Pakistani protesters burn tires to block the main highway in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, September 21, 2012.
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Fresh protests erupted Friday across the Islamic world, sparked by an Internet video produced in the United States that mocks the Prophet Muhammad.

Thousands of people took to the streets in Pakistan, where at least 17 people were killed and dozens wounded in clashes between security forces and protesters.  The deadliest violence was in the southern city of Karachi, where at least 12 people were killed.

Demonstrations were also held in the capital, Islamabad, in Peshawar and Lahore, among other areas.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry says it summoned U.S. diplomat Richard Hoagland to register a "strong protest" over the video.  Hoagland reiterated U.S. condemnation of the film and emphasized the U.S. government had nothing to do with it.


The U.S. embassy in Pakistan ran advertisements on Pakistani TV that featured U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denouncing the video.

Pakistan's government designated Friday to be a national holiday and "a day of love for the Prophet Muhammad."

Thousands of Muslims also protested in other countries, including Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Iraq, Lebanon and Indonesia.  Some protesters burned American flags and effigies of Mr. Obama.

U.S. embassies across the Islamic world remain on high alert for protests.

In France, the government said it is closing its embassies, consulates, cultural centers and schools in 20 countries Friday as a precautionary measure.  French authorities also banned two anti-U.S. protests planned for Saturday.

The French weekly Charlie Hebdo featured several images of the Prophet Muhammad in its Wednesday issue, including several of him naked.

Pakistani media said the government called on the army to protect Islamabad's diplomatic enclave.

Cell phone service was blocked in 15 Pakistani cities, including Islamabad and the eastern city of Lahore.

The low-budget Internet video was produced by an anti-Muslim filmmaker in California.  It first sparked protests last week in Cairo and the Libyan city of Benghazi, where U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other embassy personnel were killed.  Since then, anti-U.S. protests have spread as far as Indonesia.

Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf told a conference of religious leaders and politicians in Islamabad that Pakistan is demanding the United Nations and other international organizations seek a law that bans "such hate speech, equal to the worst kind of anti-Semitism or other kinds of bigotry."

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by: Anonymous
September 21, 2012 1:19 PM
This lie about a video is just a bogus story. It is the world caliphate and their Arab Spring. America must sotp giving these countries trillions of dollars as it only enables the terrorists.

by: HumeBastich from: Bangalre, India
September 21, 2012 8:39 AM
If the Pakistanis ONLY spent all this energy in fighting their inept system, power which they get only 4 hours a day, water, gas instead of burning, looting and maiming over cartoons or jailing 14 year old girls for blasphemy - it would truly be a remarkable nation!!!
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by: Avi from: Baltimore, MD
September 21, 2012 1:10 PM
Nah, probably not even then.

by: tea
September 21, 2012 6:41 AM
no phone no internet no problem.

by: kafantaris from: USA, Ohio
September 21, 2012 5:46 AM
John Stuart Mill proved long ago that the benefit of freedom of speech is that it assures the continuing growth and relevance of our most cherished institutions:
“The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.”

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