Widespread protests in Srinagar, US flags torched

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Srinagar: Muslim youth clashed with riot-police, torched American flags and a police vehicle on Tuesday during angry demonstrations over an anti-Islam film made in the United States.

All shops and businesses were shut by a strike called to protest against the film, which was produced in the US by an extremist Christian and convicted fraudster and bankrolled by a pro-Israeli Jewish group.

Hundreds of protesters attempted to march to the local United Nations office but were stopped by police.

They threw stones and torched a police van while security forces fired volleys of tear gas to keep them back.

Protesters are demanding arrest of the guilty filmmaker by the US authorities for hurting the sentiments of millions of faithful worldwide.

US government has distanced from the film but has refused to take action against the guilty citing freedom of expression.

Crowds of young men shouted anti-US slogans and burned American and Israeli flags in scores of areas across Srinagar. At Safa Kadal and Karan Nagar they also torched effigies of US President Barack Obama.

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