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Hundreds of protestors demand death for Davis

February 11, 2011

Activists of JI shout slogans against Raymond Davis during a protest rally in Karachi.—AFP

LAHORE: Hundreds of protesters took to the streets on Friday to demand the hangman's noose for a US official under arrest for double murder as police rejected his claim of self-defence.

A court on Friday ordered Raymond Davis to be held in prison for another 14 days, pending a legal battle over whether he has diplomatic immunity.

Washington says he is a diplomat and demands his immediate release.

Up to 500 people rallied outside the headquarters of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Lahore, shouting “Hang Davis,” “US terrorism in Pakistan unacceptable” and “Friends of America are traitors”.

In Karachi, activists from JI and its youth wing Pasban held two rallies, burning an American flag and chanting “Death to Davis, death to America”.

“We are deeply disappointed over threats by the US government,” senior JI leader Liaqat Baloch told the rally.

“The Raymond Davis incident has exposed the true face of America and has exposed Blackwater, which is behind bomb blasts on sacred Muslim places and shrines,” Baloch alleged.