Where are the protests over anti-Islam film and cartoons?

Protests and reactions connected to an amateurish anti-Muslim film produced in the U.S. and caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published in a French satirical magazine are spreading, with incidents in at least nine countries.

Violence, demonstrations in various areas of the world

Protests and reactions connected to an amateurish anti-Muslim film produced in the U.S. and caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published in a French satirical magazine spread in various areas of the world today.

Unrest flared and turned to violence in at least nine countries, from Pakistan, where rioters set fire to cinemas, to Sri Lanka, where thousands burned effigies of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Here's a rundown of what's happening and where:


Tens of thousands across the country protested the film after the government encouraged peaceful protests and declared a national holiday called Love for the Prophet Day. Demonstrations turned violent and at least 17 people were killed during the protests, including a driver for a Pakistani television station, who died after police opened fire on rioters torching a cinema in the northwest city of Peshawar. Clashes between police and thousands of stone-throwing protesters also occurred in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.


About 3,000 people, mostly followers of Iranian-backed Shia Muslim groups, protested the film and caricatures in the southern city of Basra. Demonstrators carried Iraqi flags and posters of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, chanting "death to America" and "no to America." They burnt Israeli and American flags. One of the organizers, Qassim al-Moussawi, said people gathered "to express our anger and resentment on the offences made against our prophet."

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About 900 people have gathered for a protest against the film in the capital, Kabul, chanting "death to America" and burning an effigy of Obama and an American flag.  A few hundred demonstrators also protested inside a mosque in the eastern city of Ghazni. The protests were peaceful. 

Sri Lanka

About 2,000 Muslims burned effigies of Obama and American flags at a protest, after Friday prayers in the capital of Colombo, demanding that the United States ban the anti-Islam film.


Over 2,000 people marched through the streets of the capital of Dhaka to protest the film. They burned a makeshift coffin draped in an American flag, and an effigy of Obama.


Thousands gathered in the Bekaa Valley for the latest in a series of protest rallies organized by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah. Protesters carried the yellow Hezbollah flag.


Police enforced a daylong curfew in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city, Srinagar, and chased away protesters opposing the anti-Islam film. Authorities in the region also temporarily blocked cellphone and internet services to prevent viewing the film clips.


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at the West over the film. Speaking during a military parade in Tehran, he said: "In return for [allowing] the ugliest insults to the divine messenger, they — the West — raise the slogan of respect for freedom of speech." He said this explanation was "clearly a deception."


The United States closed its diplomatic missions across Indonesia due to continuing demonstrations over the anti-Islam film. Small and mostly orderly protests were held outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and in the cities of Surabaya and Medan, along with a couple other smaller towns. No violence was reported. In addition to the embassy in Jakarta and consulate offices in Surabaya, Medan and Bali, the American mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations also was shut.


The Interior Ministry said it was postponing a poster campaign aimed at countering radical Islam among young people due to tensions caused by the online video insulting Islam. It said posters for the campaign — in German, Turkish and Arabic —were meant to go on display in German cities with large immigrant populations on Friday, but are being withheld because of the changed security situation. Germany is home to an estimated four million Muslims.