Iraqis Burn U.S., Israeli Flags in Anti-Islam Film Demo
[An Nahar] Iraqi protesters burned U.S. and Israeli flags as thousands of people demonstrated for a second day Friday in cities and towns across Iraq against an anti-Islam film that has sparked outrage in the Moslem world.
In the biggest protest, thousands of people turned out in the southern port city of Basra, carrying Iraqi flags and shouting slogans including: "There is no freedom by abuses to the feelings of two billion Moslems."
The protesters burned American and Israeli flags, an AFP correspondent said.
Hundreds of people also protested in the Sunni-majority Adhamiyah area of north Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
after Friday prayers, while dozens of people, mainly from various Shiite parties, also demonstrated in the capital's Tahrir Square.
In Karbala, Abdul Mehdi al-Karbalai, the representative in the city of top Iraqi Shiite holy man Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, said during his Friday sermon that "these repeated abuses could threaten peaceful life, especially among (religiously) mixed peoples."
He also condemned violence in response to the film, which portrays the Prophet Mohammed and Islam in a negative light, and sparked deadly fury in Libya, where four Americans including the ambassador were killed on Tuesday in a mob attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
In Sunni-majority Ramadi, west of Storied Baghdad, hundreds of people demonstrated against the film.
Hamid al-Fahdawi, one of the protest organizers, told AFP that demonstrators want the Iraqi government to dismiss the U.S. ambassador and cut economic ties with the U.S.
Dozens of demonstrators also turned out in the former Sunni cut-thoat stronghold of Fallujah,
the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called
Center of Prosperity or
a really nice place to raise your kids...
also west of the Iraqi capital.
Sadr al-Din al-Qubanchi, a senior Shiite holy man who leads Friday prayers in the shrine city of Najaf, called for the United States to apologize to Moslems and surrender all those who worked on the film to a special Islamic court.
The governor of Nineveh province, Atheel al-Nujaifi attended a demonstration against the film in djinn-infested Mosul, in north Iraq.
There were also protests in various cities in Diyala province, and in other cities and towns including Hilla, Amara and Nasiriyah.
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