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Pakistanis burn Obama in effigy, kill 17 in protests

By Riaz Khan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Protests over an anti-Muslim film turned violent Friday across Pakistan, with police firing tear gas and live ammunition at thousands of demonstrators who threw rocks and set fire to buildings. At least 17 people were killed and dozens were injured.

Muslims also marched in at least a half-dozen other countries, with some burning American flags and effigies of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Pakistan has experienced nearly a week of deadly protests over the film, "Innocence of Muslims," that has sparked anti-American violence around the Islamic world since it attracted attention on the Internet in the past 10 days. The deaths of at least 47 people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, have been linked to the violence over the film, which was made in California and denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.

The Pakistani government declared Friday to be a national holiday — "Love for the Prophet Day" — and encouraged peaceful protests.

The U.S. Embassy spent $70,000 for advertisements on Pakistani TV that featured Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton denouncing the video. Their comments, from previous public events in Washington, were in English but subtitled in Urdu, the main Pakistani language.

The deadliest violence occurred in the southern port city of Karachi, where 12 people were killed and 82 wounded, according to Seemi Jamali and Aftab Channar, officials at two hospitals.

Armed demonstrators among a crowd of 15,000 in that city fired on police, according to police officer Ahmad Hassan. The crowd also burned two cinemas and a bank, he said.

Five people were killed and 60 wounded in the northwestern city of Peshawar, said police official Bashir Khan. Police fired on rioters who set fire to three movie theaters and the city's chamber of commerce, and damaged shops and vehicles.

One of the dead was identified as Mohammad Amir, a driver for a Pakistani TV station who was killed when police bullets hit his vehicle, which was parked near one of the cinemas, said Kashif Mahmood, a reporter for ARY TV who also was in the car. The TV channel showed doctors at a hospital trying unsuccessfully to save Amir's life.

Police beat demonstrators with batons and launched volleys of tear gas. Later in the day, tens of thousands of protesters converged in a neighborhood and called for the maker of the film, an American citizen originally from Egypt, to be executed.

Police and stone-throwers also clashed in Lahore and Islamabad, the capital. Police fired tear gas and warning shots to try to keep them from advancing toward U.S. missions in the cities.

Hospital official Mohammad Naeem says 45 people were wounded in Islamabad, including 28 protesters and 17 police.

Police clashed with over 10,000 demonstrators in several neighborhoods in the capital, including in front of a five-star hotel near the diplomatic enclave where the U.S. Embassy and other foreign missions are located. A military helicopter buzzed overhead as the sound of tear gas being fired echoed across the city.

The government temporarily blocked cellphone service in 15 major cities to prevent militants from using phones to detonate bombs during the protests, said an Interior Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. Blocking cellphones could make it harder for people to organize protests as well.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on Friday summoned the U.S. charge d'affaires in Islamabad, Richard Hoagland, over the film. Pakistan has banned access to YouTube because the website refused to remove the video.

Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf urged the international community to pass laws to prevent people from insulting the prophet.

"If denying the Holocaust is a crime, then is it not fair and legitimate for a Muslim to demand that denigrating and demeaning Islam's holiest personality is no less than a crime?" Ashraf said in a speech to religious scholars and international diplomats in Islamabad.

Denying the Holocaust is a crime in Germany, but not in the U.S.

U.S. officials have tried to explain to the Muslim world how they strongly disagree with the anti-Islam film but have no ability to block it because of free speech guarantees.

In Iraq, about 3,000 protesters condemned the film and caricatures of the prophet that were published in a French satirical weekly. The protest in the southern city of Basra was organized by Iranian-backed Shiite groups. Some protesters raised Iraqi flags and posters of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, while chanting: "Death to America."

Protesters burned Israeli and U.S. flags and raised a banner that read: "We condemn the offenses made against the prophet."

In the Sri Lanka capital of Colombo, about 2,000 Muslims burned effigies of Obama and U.S. flags at a protest after Friday prayers, demanding that the United States ban the film. In Bangladesh, more than 2,000 people marched in the capital, Dhaka, and burned a makeshift coffin draped in an American flag and an effigy of Obama.

They also burned a French flag to protest the publication of the caricatures of the prophet. Small and mostly orderly protests were also held in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Thousands gathered in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley for the latest in a series of rallies organized by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah. Protesters carried the yellow Hezbollah flag.

Hezbollah appeared to be trying to ensure the gatherings don't become violent, planning them only in areas where Hezbollah has control. None of the rallies targets the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy in the hills outside Beirut.

Police clamped a daylong curfew in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city, Srinagar, and chased away protesters opposing the anti-Islam film. Authorities in the region also temporarily blocked cellphone and Internet services to prevent viewing the film clips.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also lashed out at the West over the film and the caricatures in the French weekly, Charlie Hebdo.

"In return for (allowing) the ugliest insults to the divine messenger, they — the West — raise the slogan of respect for freedom of speech," Ahmadinejad said at a speech in Tehran.

He said this explanation was "clearly a deception."

In Germany, the Interior Ministry said it was postponing a poster campaign aimed at countering radical Islam among young people due to tensions caused by the online video insulting Islam. It said posters for the campaign — in German, Turkish and Arabic — were meant to go on display Friday in German cities with large immigrant populations but are being withheld because of the changed security situation. Germany is home to an estimated 4 million Muslims.

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Associated Press writers Munir Ahmed, Zarar Khan and Sebastian Abbot in Islamabad; Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran; and Aijaz Hussain in Srinagar, India, contributed to this report.


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  1. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    September 21, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    these people dont care about peace,wake up and smell the jihad people,they want world domination and will stop at nothing to get it.AND YOU ARE WITH THEM OR YOU DIE!

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    • 6vette9Comment by 6vette9
      September 21, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

      And what I would like to know,why are we sending billions of our dollars to finance these people on there quest??????

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    • mcrankComment by mcrank
      September 21, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

      They don’t like Obama any more than we do. Wish the Republican Party had some of their aggressiveness.

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    • MortComment by Mort
      September 22, 2012 @ 10:56 am

      Here we go again (R Regan) saying Terrorist have to be incited against USA and anyone but muslims by an obscure trailer to a movie on utube. What a crock! When will this lame excuse be dismissed as nonsense? They are born and indoctrinated to KILL the Infidel- USA.

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  2. billwvComment by billwv
    September 21, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    The sheer lunacy of saying that this ‘so-called film’ has triggered all this violence is like saying ‘the muslims are a people of peace’. The premise is just not true. The prophet Mohammed was a war-baiter from day one and to characterize anything that has to do with him as peaceful is ‘deceit and treachery’. The Arab nations want and desire ‘world dominance’ and will settle for nothing less. Their religion is one of fear and intimidation and the only thing they respect is ‘someone who is truly in control’. All the appeasement in the world on America’s part [under Ozero and Clinton] will do nothing but show the muslims that we as a nation are weaklings. Stand your ground, America; we are not a weak and spineless country.

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    • truthsayerComment by truthsayer
      September 21, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

      Why did this violent reaction happen when the presidents friend, Bill Maher, made a document making derogatory statements about Christians and Muslims. Oh maybe because Mr. Maher illegally gave Obama a million dollars, which by the way Obama did not return it back to him. This document that they say has inflammed the mideast was not responsible for this violence. The terrorists have freely admitted this violence was planned in advance and was definitely a TERRORIST ACT. Mr. Obama is still apologizing to those who massacred our ambassador and marines. Their burning him in effigy shows his placating attempts are definitely not working, but are considered a weakness from our president. WAKE UP AND SEE THE TRUTH THAT OUR PRESIDENT SUPPORTS ISLAM AND HAS NO INTENTION OF RETALIATING. HE IS A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR AND WOULD NOT KNOW TRUTH IF IT WAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM, BUT WOULD SPIN IT INTO A LIE. HE HAS TOTAL SUPPORT OF THE MEDIA WHO ARE ON HIS COAT-TAIL AND ONLY PRINT WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE TO OBAMA. THEY DENIGRATE THOSE WHO TELL THE TRUTH AND DO ANYTHING TO MAKE THEM OUT AS LIARS,WHEN IN TRUTH THEY ARE OUR ONLY SOURCE OF TRUTH. MY QUESTION IS WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE TURN A BLIND EYE ON WHAT OBAMA’S AGENDA REALLY IS, AND THAT IS TO DESTROY THE FOUNDATIONS THIS NATION WAS BUILT ON AND BUILD A SOCIALIST, GOVERNMENT RUN NATION. WHY WOULD THEY STILL SUPPORT HIM BECAUSE OF HIS ETHNICITY, NOT ON HIS TOTALLY FAILED LAST FOUR YEARS. HE HAS NEVER ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILTY FOR ANY OF HIS FAILURES.

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    • taliesin319Comment by taliesin319
      September 21, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

      Well there is the upside. All over the world these cretins are rioting and the only fatal casualties are members of their own heinous religion. We lost 4 people and before its over this gang that cannot shoot straight will rack up hundreds if not thousands of dead and maimed idiots. Today
      after they go to Mosque these dimwits, exhausted after days of killing one another will no sooner get their breath than, lo they will be treated to the sight of the French Cartoons and will fall into the rabid badger mode and start the whole weary process again. Every Imam in creation will snatch a fatwa from his smell backside and declare open season on all infidels. Islam is ever, and ever redundant.

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  3. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    September 21, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    I pray to god it never happens but if nuclear weapons are ever used in war again in an offensive way I am sure it will be done by a radical Islamic country or fanatics that get their hands on a weapon somehow. If this would happen those countries that start it should be turned into a sea of glass!

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  4. dfinchComment by dfinch
    September 21, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    Why have these people been fighting us (or themselves for centuries)? We as Americans endear life and they endear death. They are martyr’s if they die in battle. They will go to the promiseland in death. Life is just a stepping stone for them.

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  5. foxmulderComment by foxmulder
    September 21, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    America needs a President who will stop apologizing to the Muslim world and strongly defend our first amendment right to free speech. Obama’s policy of appeasement to Islamic militants has failed. Here’s the speech that Obama should now give.

    To the Muslims currently protesting against America,

    In the U.S.A., we are governed by a Constitution, which grants all people residing in our country the right to freedom of speech. Americans have the right to express opinions on any topic, including religion. Americans may criticize Jesus and Christianity, Abraham and Judaism, Buddha and Buddhism, and Muhammad and Islam. Millions of Muslims are offended by a video on YouTube that criticizes Muhammad and Islam. I may not like this video, but I have no authority to punish those who created it. Therefore, I will not arrest any of the people who created the video, nor will I prohibit this video from being made available on YouTube or any other web site. God bless America.

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      September 22, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

      he should also add “any that kill Americans anywhere in the world in protest, rest assured that you will be hunted down and sent to Allah.”

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  6. tps12Comment by tps12
    September 21, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    This is ob’s response, throw money at it oh taxpayer money that is. Great policy we see how well it works every day.
    WASHINGTON (AP) – The American embassy in Islamabad, in a bid to tamp down public rage over the anti-Islam film produced in the U.S., is spending $70,000 to air an ad on Pakistani television that features President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton denouncing the video.

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  7. way2coolComment by way2cool
    September 21, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    You know this is a ‘staged event’ orchestrated by the white house; if you don’t know, think about it.

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  8. RightWingLeftyGolferComment by RightWingLeftyGolfer
    September 21, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Since our “dear leader” can walk on water, save the planet, and jump over tall buildings in a single bound, me thinks he needs to fly to Pakistan with dollars in his pockets, toss some out along the roads, feed the masses (with fishes of course) and just see how he is accepted. Something tells me his fate would be somewhat like that of Ambassador Stevens. Oh that’s right, his aura – and religion – is such that he could talk (oops, I mean lie) his way out of any situation.

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    • crunchemComment by crunchem
      September 21, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

      “me thinks he needs to fly to Pakistan with dollars in his pockets,”

      No problem.. He’s still got that passport from the 80′s right?

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  9. kiloalphaComment by kiloalpha
    September 21, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    For those libs enjoying all this hope and change – how’s all the killings in the middle east working for you? Obama apologized to them didn’t he – even bowed down. And he’s sticking to his guns that a video on U-tube caused all this. Not a hint of a middle east conspiracy around 911. Amazing isn’t it!

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  10. sexysadieComment by sexysadie
    September 21, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    This is what happens when the imposter-in-chief and the secretary of state HAG takes it upon themselves to apologize, in the name of all Americans, to a murderous mob of fanatics. Yeah…

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  11. grannylakeComment by grannylake
    September 21, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

    Poor poor Obama. I think he really believed that all he had to do was say, “I’m sorry for all of the thing the bad Americans did to you, the people of Pakaistan and the other Arab nations. I’m your friend and you can believe me because I have Arab blood too. Read my history and you’ll know I’m really your Muslim friend.”

    The problem is that no one believes anything Obama says anymore.

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  12. rosechComment by rosech
    September 21, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

    Hey, they get to burn Obama effigies, but we can’t because he is “boss”. They should get hold of and burn his “flag”. Too bad Obama doesn’t know how to deflect their dislike of him since he has been so nice to them and sending them our money. Hope Rand Paul’s bill put a stop to that stupidity, but I don’t hold my breath because we have people like Boehner who love to kiss rearends and never support We, The People. He has to go too right along with Obama. An act of war on US territory – the Embassy, is not just a terrorist attack prez Obama, so go and bomb Mecca and make them really hurt back since so many of these primitives in so many countries and cities are rioting against you in particular and us in general. Might wake them up to reality of who and what they are – stupid, ignorant and don’t know anything beyond fighting, killing, raping, pedophilia, etc.

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  13. iamwinnerComment by iamwinner
    September 21, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    Obama ***** and should be run out of town on a (sharp) rail!

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  14. iamwinnerComment by iamwinner
    September 21, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    Ouch!

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  15. mrwilsonComment by mrwilson
    September 21, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    All we need to do is beef-up the Obama Policy on Foreign Relations. It is based on “Relativism,” and free money. So, stick-with-it Obama simply needs to send Pakistan a bunch more Billions. Secretary of State Clinton can hand deliver it as she has done with all the money we gave to our good friends in Egypt.

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  16. rosechComment by rosech
    September 21, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    Looks like their prophet Mohammed is a weak character if he can’t defend himself by being strong. We joke and have caricatures all the time about politicians, the president, the Pope, famous and infamous peoples, and their prophet is such a weakling he and they can’t take any remarks or caricatures? Stupid is as stupid does and he certainly would not be my prophet and definitely their idea of god is not my God, who gets all sorts of abuse in all sorts of ways and we don’t go out and commit an act of war or terrorism. Gee, they need to grow up and get into a mindset of caring if they continue to claim theirs is a religion when we all know is a primitive cult started by a weak and nasty in every way man.

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  17. wolfComment by wolf
    September 21, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    I for one am glad to see them terrorizing themselves and killing themselves. These crazy radicals are their own worst enemies. The “West”, as we are called, would listen to calm, peaceful discussions of Islam…but all we hear and read from their Koran is violence.
    Maybe they should concentrate on changing our opinion of them by being rational instead of radical. We have had tremendous disrespect shown to Christian people and our Faith, and to my knowledge, we never blew anybody up over it. I thought religion was supposed to be about love and caring for one-another.

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  18. kpjlawComment by kpjlaw
    September 21, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    It was not the You tube video clip that is cauisng all this trouble. It is a well planned attack generated by Obama’s weakness. Never forget that. Blaming it on the video clip is just the efforts of the liberals to divert the blame from Obama, and try to destroy freedom of speech in this country to boot.

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  19. ccfontenComment by ccfonten
    September 21, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    Seems his buds aren’t feeling the “love” for the “One” anymore.
    So sad, too bad.
    Maybe the animals will over run the zoo and kill each other off in a feeding frenzy.

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  20. JDZComment by JDZ
    September 21, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    This is what you get when you elect a radical, inexperienced, and Muslim loving person to the most powerful job in the world. He has made a total mess out of everything including our foreign policy, and, if he gets re-elected, he will do irreparable damage to this country across the board. I hope the Americam voters are not stupid enough to re-elect him.

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  21. jdb121Comment by jdb121
    September 21, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    When one contemplates the terror attacks of the last 30 years, the senseless mayhem that has accompanied the expressions of outrage for some supposed insult to some aspect of the Islamic religion, it is absolutely incongruous to a western mind. We may yet live to regret that on 9.12.01 we did not simply “turn the other cheek” and end the tit for tat, quid pro quo, purposeless waste which policies to protect profligate and unrestrained liberty have caused. It is so incomprehensible that one wonders how it can be that Islam attracts any followers from outside countries where it has been the established religion for millenia.

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  22. Informing ChristiansComment by Informing Christians
    September 22, 2012 @ 12:19 am

    Perhaps those protesters have not yet seen the Obama ad on their TV, apologizing. –Just wait till they see that ad, they are going to just feel awful.

    ::: rolling my eyes :::

    Debra…

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  23. noveldogComment by noveldog
    September 22, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    Why those dirty rats, and I bowed and scraped to them and we give them lots of foreign aid from hard working American families who struggle to pay their bills, and they do this to me. I guess I’ll just have another Ale King and kick the dog…. I am so incensed!

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  24. noveldogComment by noveldog
    September 22, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    Crazy non violent Muslim who only cut off heads and sodomize their victims burn and throw rocks….so what is new?

    Now about that parking lot just how big did you say you wanted to make it?

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    • noveldogComment by noveldog
      September 22, 2012 @ 11:31 am

      BOOM! That big enough or should we make it a little larger? We got plenty of bombs….you got plenty of idiot sodomizing cut throat people? You Do? BOOM! Bye!

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  25. gavinwcaComment by gavinwca
    September 22, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    What do you expect from these sub human malcontents , anyone who would attack, homosexual rape, and murder someone, because they preceivd that person insulted their religion only has a partial brain anyway. Worse of all our admistration and State Department go along with their sick evaluations.

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