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Fresh anti-Islam film protests in Pakistan

September 28, 2012


Llawyers shout slogans as they attempt to reach the US embassy in the diplomatic enclave during a protest against an anti-Islam film in Islamabad on September 28, 2012. —AFP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of Pakistanis demonstrated in small rallies against a US-made anti-Islam film on Friday, but there was no repeat of the widespread violence seen at protests a week ago.

Around 400 lawyers rallied in Islamabad, burning an effigy of US President Barack Obama and marching towards the city’s diplomatic enclave to deliver a protest note at the US embassy.

Wearing black and white headbands and carrying banners saying “To hell with your freedom of expression”, they chanted anti-US slogans and urged the government to expel the US ambassador and sever diplomatic ties with Washington.

There were other small protests in cities around Pakistan, including one involving around 600 people in the eastern city of Lahore.

The crudely-made “Innocence of Muslims” movie has sparked angry and at times violent demonstrations across the globe.

Pakistan experienced the worst of the violence last Friday when nationwide rallies mobilised more than 45,000, many members of right-wing religious parties.

At least 23 people were killed and 229 wounded, mainly in clashes with police.