NINETEEN killed in violent protests in Pakistan over anti-Islam film

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September 22, 2012

Herald Sun

PAKISTAN’S “Day of Love for the Prophet” turned into tragedy after 19 people were killed as the world called for calm over an anti-Islam film.

Thousands angered by an anti-Muslim film ignored pleas for peaceful rallies and rampaged in several Pakistani cities in battles with police that killed 19 people and touched off criticism of a government decision to declare a national holiday to proclaim devotion for the Prophet Mohammed.

The film, which was produced in the United States and denigrates the prophet, has outraged many in the Muslim world in the 10 days since it attracted attention on the internet, and there were new, mostly peaceful protest marches in a half-dozen countries from Asia to the Middle East.

But it is Pakistan that has seen the most sustained violence, driven by a deep well of anti-American sentiment and a strong cadre of hard-line Islamists who benefit from stoking anger at the US. The new deaths brought the total to at least 49 – including the US ambassador to Libya – linked to violence over the film.

To read more, visit: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/australias-high-commission-in-islamabad-pakistan-shut-over-fears-of-violent-protests-over-anti-islam-film/story-fnd134gw-1226478948912

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