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Muhammad Caricature Watch: Thousands of Protesters Rampage in 2 Pakistani Cities

Smoke erupts from burning U.S. fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant, set on fire by angry mob, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006 in Lahore, Pakistan. Thousands of protesters rampaged through two Pakistani cities, storming into a diplomatic district, setting fire to Western businesses and a local government building in the country’s worst wave of violence against the Prophet Muhammad cartoons, officials said. At least two people were killed and 11 injured.

ASSociated Press: Protesters Rampage in 2 Pakistani Cities

Thousands of protesters rampaged through two cities Tuesday, storming into a diplomatic district and torching Western businesses and a provincial assembly in Pakistan’s worst violence against the Prophet Muhammad drawings, officials said. At least two people were killed and 11 injured.

Security forces fired into the air as they struggled to contain the unrest in the eastern city of Lahore, where protesters burned down four buildings housing a hotel, two banks, a KFC restaurant and the office of a Norwegian cell phone company, Telenor.

U.S. and British embassy staffers were confined to their compounds until police dispersed the protesters, some of whom chanted, “Death to America!”

And tell me why the Pakistanis are chanting DEATH TO AMERICA when it was a Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, that first published the Muhammad Carictures and very few American newspapers have published them?

Witnesses said rioters also damaged more than 200 cars, dozens of shops and a large portrait of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Vandals broke the windows of a Holiday Inn, Pizza Hut and McDonald’s.

Two movie theaters were torched, and clouds of tear gas and black smoke from burning vehicles drifted through streets in the city center.

A security guard shot and killed two protesters trying to force their way into a bank, Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao said, adding that paramilitary forces were deployed to restore order.

Mohammed Tariq, a doctor at the state-run Mayo Hospital, said three people were being treated for serious bullet wounds, and eight more suffered injuries during clashes with police.

The protest was organized by a little-known religious group supported by local trade associations and one of the main Islamic schools in the city. Intelligence officials, however, suspected that members of outlawed Islamic radical groups may have incited the violence.

You think?

Of course, radical, fanatical islamofascists are instigating senseless violence over inane caricatures.

And who suffers?

Pakistani students run away from teargas fired by police to disperse the crowd who gathered to protest against the publication of cartoons depicting Islamic prophet Muhammad, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Police fired tear gas as they chased away protesters who entered the heavily guarded diplomatic enclave in Pakistan’s capital to demonstrate against the Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

Next, comes the threat…….

Hard-line cleric Hafiz Hussain Ahmad, senior leader of an opposition coalition of six religious parties, said, “We have come to the doors of the embassies to take our voice to the ambassadors. There is anger in the Islamic world. If they do not listen, their problems will increase.

And why the outrage?

Islam widely holds that representations of Muhammad are banned for fear they could lead to idolatry.

And so people will die and businesses burned because of the “FEAR of IDOLATRY” or is it the fear of the islamofascist theocrats that control their societies and government.

How do you spell INTOLERANCE?

There have been a series of mostly peaceful protests across Pakistan against the cartoons, and last week Parliament adopted resolutions condemning the drawing. Lawmakers also called for a nationwide strike on March 3.

But Aitzaz Ahsan, a lawmaker with the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party, said he will propose that the government call off the March 3 protest strike because of the prospect of further violence.

“It’s really gotten out of hand,” Ahsan said. “The violence is spiraling out of control.”

The violence is spinning out of control and governments have the responsibility to protect its residents, businesses and particulary foreign embassies. Pakistan seems to be responsible in their police action against the protesters. It is doubtful that other countries such as Iran and Syria will be as responsible.

Stay tuned…….

Michelle Malkin has NEXT, THEY CAME FOR KFC


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One Comment

  • berrouayel djamila

    je suis pour la liberte d’expression “Il n’y a que la verite qui blesse” ou derange?