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World rage against anti-Islam film persists


SAO PAULO, (The News): Hundreds of Brazilians held a demonstration in Sao Paulo, as protests were staged in different parts of the world on Sunday to condemn a recent anti-Islam film.

Anti-US demonstrations, which began on September 11 over the blasphemous movie, which was made in the US, continued with protesters chanting slogans against Washington marched on US embassies and torching US flags.

About 500 people, including Muslims, Catholic Christians and Jews, congregated near Sao Paulo’s Shia mosque and marched peacefully towards a nearby church holding placards and chanting anti-US slogans.

Bilal Juma, the president of Brazil’s Islamic Association, said people from all religions participated in Friday’s demonstration.

“We are Muslims, Catholics and Jews who came together to say no to those who insult the Prophets. We came here to defend all Prophets and religions,” Juma said. Hassan Gharib, the organiser of the protest march, said Muslims and Christians should treat each other as brothers.

He stated that the anti-Islam movie was produced “to incite a dispute between Muslims and Christians” but this will not happen since “the Muslims and the Christians are brothers; we come from the same source.”

Muslims in Iran, Turkey, Sudan, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Nigeria, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Australia, Britain, the United States, France, Belgium, and several other countries have held many demonstrations to condemn the blasphemous movie over the past week. Protests were also held in Kashmir and the Gaza Strip.

AFP/Reuters add: Protests against the anti-Islam film continued in the world as Muslims on Sunday held protest demonstrations in different countries to protest the sacrilegious movie.

Around 400 people demonstrated in front of the French embassy in Tehran to protest the inflammatory film and caricatures in a French satirical magazine.

The crowd, shouting “Death to America,” “Death to Israel,” “Death to Britain” and “Death to France,” was kept away by police in anti-riot gear, witnesses told AFP.

No violence was reported. Witnesses said one officer fired a blank round in warning after a protester threw an egg that hit the outside of the embassy. The demonstration ended after around 90 minutes.

Most schools, shops and offices were closed in Bangladesh on Sunday as opposition parties enforced a nationwide strike to protest blasphemous film.

Thousands of police patrolled the capital Dhaka and roads were quiet across the country on what is normally a business day in the Muslim-majority country of 153 million people.

In Chittagong, Bangladesh’s second largest city and only port, protesters torched a bus and damaged a police van, police said, adding that three students had been arrested.

In Hong Kong, thousands of Muslims protested against anti-Islam film and French cartoons, briefly scuffling with police as they tried to deliver a letter to the US consulate.

The protesters, who numbered more than 3,000 according to police and organisers, held up banners to denounce the film and cartoons as they marched through the city chanting “Allahu Akbar” or “God is greater”.

Thousands of supporters of Hezbollah took part in Hermel, eastern Lebanon in the last in a series of protests against a US-made profane film.

“Death to America! Israel, enemy of Muslims!” chanted the crowd made of men, women in all-covering black chadors and children waving the yellow flags of the Iranian-backed movement.

Hundreds of Muslim protesters staged a rally in central Athens to protest against a film made in California, the first such demonstration in Greece.

There were brief moments of tension when some demonstrators hurled bottles at police, who responded with teargas.

Hundreds of Saudis demonstrated against anti-Islam film in the eastern province of the kingdom, which bans any protests, witnesses said on Sunday.

Chanting “Oh, messenger of Allah,” the protesters marched in Awamiya late Saturday following a call by Shiite cleric Abdulkarim al-Hubail, in line with worldwide demonstrations against the movie titled “Innocence of Muslims”.

A Palestinian woman tried to stab an Israeli policeman on an east Jerusalem street on Sunday, apparently in protest at a US-made anti-Islam film, an Israeli police spokesman said.

“An Arab woman this morning tried to attack an Israeli policeman, who managed to control the situation and no one was injured,” spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

“The incident took place close to Salah Eddin street. The women, aged 32, is from the Silwan neighbourhood. She was arrested and her knife seized,” he added.

“Preliminary questioning revealed she was attempting to protest against the film,” Rosenfeld added, referring to the controversial “Innocence of Muslims,” an anti-Islam film that has sparked violent protests across the Muslim world.

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