September 19, 2012

Fresh Afghan Protest Against Anti-Islam Film

AFP | Sep 19, 2012, 10.53AM IST | JALALABAD: About 1,000 protesters took to the streets in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, blocking a key road to Kabul in the latest demonstrations against a US-made anti-Islam film, witnesses said.

The protesters, mostly university students, chanted "Death to America" and "Death to the enemies of Islam."

More than 30 people have died in incidents linked to the trailer for "Innocence of Muslims," a US-made film that depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a thuggish womaniser.
A female suicide bomber killed 12 people in Afghanistan on Tuesday in the deadliest single attack attributed to the controversial film, which has sparked furious protests across the Muslim world.

On Monday about 1,000 people clashed with police in Kabul in protests against the movie. Hundreds of students clashed with police in the northern town of Kunduz on Tuesday.

Afghanistan has a history of street protests turning violent, particularly over perceived insults to Islam.

Riots triggered over the accidental burning of copies of the Koran, Islam's holy book, earlier this year at a US base killed around 40 people.


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