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Two dead in Peshawar protests over anti-Islam film

Two protesters were shot dead Monday as rallies over an anti-Islam film intensified, with thousands taking to the streets, burning US flags and an effigy of President Barack Obama.
About 800 people demonstrated in the northwestern town of Warai, in Upper Dir district, setting fire to a magistrate’s house and the local press club before one protester was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.
Up to 3,000 university students, teachers and employees marched in Peshawar, the main city of the militant-plagued northwest, chanting anti-US slogans and demanding a ban on the “Innocence of Muslims” movie.
The low-budget film, thought to have been produced by a small group of Christian extremists in the United States, has sparked violent anti-American protests across the Islamic world, though the Warai incident was the first confirmed death in the country.
“One person was killed and two injured during exchange of fire between the police and protesters,” Mohammad Irshad, a senior local government officia.
Officers baton-charged protesters, who were chanting anti-US slogans, and fired tear gas to try to disperse them, Irshad said.
They also fired live rounds into the air, prompting the demonstrators to return fire, he said, although it was unclear who fired the fatal shot.
Ihsanullah Khan, police chief for Upper Dir, said 22 protesters had been arrested and the situation was under control.
Anti-US feeling runs high restive northwest, which borders Afghanistan, and Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants have long had strongholds in the area.
In the border town of Chaman, in southwestern Baluchistan province, where trucks supplying troops with the US-led NATO force in Afghanistan cross the frontier, about 500 students demonstrated, burning an effigy of Obama.
At another protest in Peshawar, some 350 activists from Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba, a student wing of the hardline Sunni party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), blocked a main road by setting fire to tyres and burning a US flag.
In the port city of Karachi, where eight people were injured Sunday when protesters clashed with police outside the US consulate, police expanded a security cordon around the mission as religious parties announced more rallies.
“The routes leading to the US Consulate have been heavily guarded and barricaded to avoid any untoward incident:senior police official Amir Farooqi.
Heavy containers were seen positioned across roads leading to the consulate to stop vehicles and individuals reaching it.
A total of 18 people have now died in violence linked to the film, including four Americans killed in the Libyan city of Benghazi.

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One Comment;

  1. Stephen Real said:

    I have to call the fatwa on this moral malarchy. The Holy Prophet would not care about a Youtube video that nobody watched when 20,000 Syrians have been killed at the hands of Assad. Where is the moral outrage for the murdered Syrians created in the image of God?
    These protesters project onto our US government that it is like any other Arab government in the Arab world where free speech is controlled by the government. This contradicts our founding principles of freedom of conscience and expression.
    Why is Egypt behind China? When 50 years ago it was leaving China in the economic dust? The Arabs did it to themselves. They, for whatever psychological reasons, relied on Islam to solve their economic and societal problems. These protests are stoked up by religous zealots whom never studied or even read the Holy Qu’ran and have no idea on how to improve Arab society and economic wealth of the Arab peoples.

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