Film Fallout: Protests In Day 4, US Flags Burnt

Srinagar, Sep 17: Kashmir’s summer capital witnessed protests for the fourth day running against a derogatory film on the Holy Prophet (pbuh), with political groups and students voicing anger at the US and Israel.

Demonstrations were held in the Valley’s rural areas as well, and angry marchers taken out across the Pir Panjal where students burnt the American flag in Badarwah.

Activists of the all-woman Muslim Khawateen Markaz torched the US flag at Lal Chowk in central Srinagar, saying that anti-Islam elements in western nations routinely heaped insult on the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

“The OIC, including Saudi Arabia, should recall their envoys from the US in protest so that such deplorable acts are halted,” the MKM leader, Yasmeen Raja, who was detained by the police briefly, told the media.

Students from the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) too staged demonstrations at the press enclave in central Srinagar, demanding stern punishment for the film-maker.

A large number of people took to the streets in the northern township of Asham Sonawari, shouting slogans against the US and Israel.

The protestors blocked traffic on the main road, but dispersed peacefully later.

Protests by students were also reported from the mountain districts of Doda where joint processions from various schools and colleges marched in the Badarwah town and set fire to the US flag.

Students Protest in IUST : Hundreds of students of Islamic University of Science and Technology held protest demonstrations against the blasphemous movie Monday.

The students assembled in the University campus in the morning and marched peacefully towards Srinagar-Jammu highway at Awantipur.

Chanting anti-US and anti Israel slogans, the students demanded removal of the film from the Google-owned YouTube.

“Our sentiments have been deeply hurt, so want to send across a message to the offenders. We cannot tolerate anything against our beloved Prophet (pbuh),”said Sabir Suhaib, a protesting student, adding the movie was outrageous.

Condemning the blasphemous movie, president of Islamic University Faculty Association (IUFA), Parvez Mir, said the whole faculty of IUST was with the students in the protests against the movie. “Our religious feelings have been hurt and we condemn this deplorable act but you must limit the protest to the campus only,” Mir said.

Later, the students marched back to the University campus and dispersed peacefully. The protests affected normal class work as well.

Massive protests are being held across the world against the anti-Islam movie made by an amateur Jewish-American filmmaker. Scores have died and hundreds have been injured ever since the blasphemous movie was uploaded on YouTube. Observer News Service

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