Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pakistan's Protests Against Anti-Islamic Film

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunny Gill Reporting:

Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen staged riotous protests in the city of Karachi heading towards the US Consulate. Thousands of protesters gathered at the consulates main gate, to register their protest against the film which allegedly began an uproar throughout the Muslim world due to it's content against the Islamic Prophet Mohammad. 

This rally, which had reached very close the the consulate, was stopped at three different points by authorities who attempted and failed to negotiate with and disperse the crowd. Police then resorted to aerial firing and the use of water cannons which resulted in a more effective dispersal of the rowdy protesters. Barriers have now been erected on routes leading to the US Consulate. 

Protesters burned effigies of American Film-Makers, and lit American Flags on fire. 

The outrage against this film has been mirrored by Religious Parties, Christian minority groups, Traders and Civil Society Members who also staged smaller protests across Pakistan; condemning the movie that has been deemed offensive by US President Barack Obama, and the Muslim world alike. Western media has also widely rebuked the filmmaker for hurting the sentiments of Muslims and sabotaging interfaith harmony across the world.

UPDATE: One person has been shot and killed by police in their attempts to stop the protest, and the entire city of Karachi is in an uproar. So far six police vehicles, many motorcycles have been lit on fire. Many policemen and rangers have been injured in the attempts to stop people from coming near the US Consulate.

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