In Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday, Afghans chanted anti-American slogans during a demonstration to condemn the burning of a copy of the Muslim holy book by an American pastor. By ENAYAT NAJAFIZADA and ROD NORDLAND...Published: April 1, 2011.
At least 12 people, including seven foreigners, were killed in the storming of the U.N. compound in the northern Afghanistan city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Two of the foreigners were beheaded, Reuters reported.
The demonstration in Mazar-i-Sharif turned violent when some protesters grabbed weapons from the U.N. guards and opened fire, then mobbed buildings and set fires on the compound, officials said. Demonstrators also massed in Kabul and the western city of Herat for peaceful demonstrations.
Afghan authorities announced the arrest of more than 20 people, including a militant from Kapisa province who they suspect was the ringleader of the assault, said Rawof Taj, deputy provincial police chief. Futher information about the suspects wasn't immediately available.
The topic of Koran burning stirred outrage among millions of Muslims and others worldwide after the Rev. Terry Jones' small church, Dove Outreach Center, threatened to destroy a copy of the holy book last September. The Florida pastor had backed down but the church claimed that it went through with the burning last month.
Man Burns Koran Pages Near Pamela Geller SIOA Ground Zero Mosque Protest Another Man Carrying a Koran Toting a Sign Declaring, “Quran toilet paper.”
NY Post…Some in the emotional, highly charged 9/11 Mosque protest crowd milling around him shouted down the mystery man, who said little as police escorted him to safety a few blocks away. The man refused to identify himself.
But on the southwest corner of Church and Park, Pamela Geller and her SIOA anti-mosque demonstrators behind metal barriers have already gathered for their rally, at about 1:15 PM.
Some of the would-be protesters mistakenly fell for stereotypes. On Church Street, Kamal, a dark-skinned Muslim born in Guyana and now living in Queens, drew jeers and cat-calls for his clothing: an all-white long robe and white skull cap. “Islam is a religion of hate,” screamed one woman at him.
“The message is more important than the name,” was all he would say. The fiery political statement recalled the condemnations of Florida Pastor Terry Jones, who for days said he planned to burn the Koran on 9/11 but today recanted that.
The mystery man’s actions brought only more confusion and angry passion to the protests consuming the area near the site of a proposed Islamic center just blocks from Ground Zero proper, READ MORE.....
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