Indonesian Protesters Say Anti-Islam Film Declares War
[An Nahar] More than 350 Moslem fundamentalists and their supporters staged an anti-U.S. demonstration in Jakarta Friday, spewing anger at America over an anti-Islam film.
Outside the U.S. embassy in the Indonesian capital, the protesters -- men and women with children in tow -- carried banners that read "We condemn the insult against Allah's messenger", and the Koranic verse "There is no God but Allah".
A speaker from the pro-Caliphate organization Hizb ut-Tahrir that organized the protest, told the crowd: "This film insulted our prophet and we condemn it. The film is a declaration of war."
The crowd shouted back: "
holy shit! Allahu akbar!" (God is greatest), while police clad in riot gear stood guard nearby.
Another speaker declared: "The U.S. does not deserve to stay here," as the crowd roared that Americans be expelled from the world's largest Moslem nation.
Protests have erupted since Tuesday outside U.S. diplomatic missions in several Arab and Moslem states against the low-budget movie "Innocence of Moslems", made in the United States and deemed offensive to Islam.
Washington has sought to keep a lid on the demonstrations by spelling out that the controversial film which sparked the violence was made privately by a small group of individuals with no official backing.
As the Hizb ut-Tahrir protesters dispersed, another group of 100 demonstrators from the country's minority Shiite Moslems took their place, shouting "death to America", and demanding that the film's director be executed.
"Under Islamic law, the film director must be punished by death. We will keep protesting until the U.S. government bans the film, apologizes to all Moslems and prosecutes the film director," Khadijah, one of the Shiite protesters, told AFP.
Jakarta police front man Rikwanto, who goes by one name, said about 400 coppers had been deployed to guard security around the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta. A strong police contingent, including dozens in riot gear, stood guard before the embassy grounds.
The embassy posted a new security message for U.S. citizens on its website, saying that in light of the protests "we strongly encourage you to follow good personal security practices, maintain a heightened situational awareness, and remain vigilant of your surroundings at all times".
The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans were killed when heavily-armed snuffies launched a sustained four-hour attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi late Tuesday.
In the Yemeni capital, police on Thursday rubbed out four protesters and maimed 34 others when they opened fire on a crowd attempting to storm the US embassy.
In the Egyptian capital Cairo, police fired tear gas to disperse protesters outside the embassy, injuring more than 200 people, the health ministry there said.
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