Thursday, September 20, 2012

Police And Protesters Clash In Pakistan

At least 50 people were injured as some 5,000 Pakistanis - some carrying the flags of Islamist groups - protested over a US film.

Officers fired tear gas and live rounds as the demonstrators, many armed with wooden clubs, tried to reach Islamabad's heavily-guarded diplomatic enclave. It is home to most Western embassies, including the US, British and French missions.

The government called in the army to protect the enclave after protesters broke through a barrier of shipping containers set up by police to block a road leading to the area.

An initial demonstration of around 1,000 swelled to 5,000 with the arrival of protesters carrying the flags of hardline Islamist groups Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Jamaat-e-Islami and Sipah-e-Sahaba - which is banned by the Pakistan government.

New television ads emerged in the country showing a US Embassy seal condemning the anti-Islam video along with US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Read More