A general strike in Bangladesh shut down schools, transportation and businesses, while a few hundred people peacefully marched in Pakistan. Iranian students burned flags in Tehran to protest the recent publication of lewd caricatures of the Muhammad by a French satirical weekly.
In Athens, six people were detained during the demonstration at a central square, police said. About 600 people attended the rally, which featured heated speeches, but was mostly peaceful.
Some in the crowd then wanted to march to the U.S. Embassy, which is about three kilometers (two miles) away from Omonia Square. They tried to break through police lines several times, but riot officers pushed them back.
The violence occurred at the end of the rally, when small groups of protesters threw objects at police. Three cars were damaged and three storefronts smashed.
Banners were displayed in English, denouncing the film and called on the U.S. to hang the filmmaker. One told President Barack Obama "we are all with Osama," referring to Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader who was killed in a U.S. raid in Pakistan in May 2011.
The amateurish film, which portrays the prophet as a fraud, a womanizer and a child molester, has sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world for nearly two weeks. They have resulted in the deaths of at least 49 people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. (Continue Reading.)
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Muslim Protesters Clash with Police . . . in Greece
Nothing says "Islam" like attacking people who have nothing to do with what you're angry about.