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Sunday, September 23, 2012
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ISLAMABAD: Protests against the profane film produced in the US continued in Pakistan and other Muslim countries on Saturday.

 

Protesters took to the streets across Pakistan against the “Innocence of Muslims” movie that has sparked angry demonstrations across the globe, but there was no repeat of Friday’s widespread violence.

 

More than 5,000 protesters marched towards the Parliament House in Islamabad, including hundreds of women, chanting “We love our Holy Prophet (PBUH)” and “Punishment for those who humiliated our Prophet (PBUH)”.

 

Some 1,500 people from Jamaat-ud-Dawa and other religious groups rallied in front of the US consulate in Lahore, chanting “The US deserves only one remedy — jihad, jihad”.

 

Hundreds gathered in Quetta, calling for the makers of the film to be killed while scores in Peshawar chanted anti-US slogans.

 

Religious groups rallied in Karachi after the funerals of demonstrators who were killed on Friday. The Hindu community staged a demonstration to protest against the profane film in Chaman.

 

A large number of protestors belonging to the Hindu community took to the streets to condemn the blasphemous movie. The participants holding anti-US placards and banners after marching on various roads in the town staged sit-in at Shuhada Chowk.

 

The protest rallies were also held in Pakpattan, Landikotal, Toba Tek Singh and other parts of the country.

 

Tens of thousands of people protested on the streets of Nigeria’s second city of Kano against the anti-Islam film.

 

The crowd of demonstrators stretched several kilometres through the city, the largest in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, with protesters shouting “death to America, death to Israel and death to the enemies of Islam”.

 

Meanwhile, Bangladesh authorities on Saturday said they fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who defied a ban on demonstrations against the anti-Islam film and hurled stones at police.

 

Around 1,500 people staged a peaceful protest in the western German city of Dortmund, police said. A police spokesman said the demonstrators, including many families with children, marched through the city centre and ended the protest with a rally. “It was absolutely trouble-free and without problems,” he said.