Thu, 20 Sep 2012 18:44:06 GMT | By AP

Hundreds of Pakistani protesters clash with police over anti-Islam film

Islamabad: Hundreds of Pakistanis angry at an anti-Islam film that denigrates the religion's Prophet clashed with the police in the Pakistani capital on Thursday, the most violent show of anger in a day that saw smaller demonstrations in Indonesia, Iran and Afghanistan.


Hundreds of Pakistani protesters clash with police over anti-Islam film (© AP)

The vulgar depiction of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in an American movie has angered Muslims across the world, with many taking to the streets to rally against the film. In recent days, the decision by a French satirical magazine to release cartoons crudely depicting the Prophet has added to the tension.

In Pakistan, a crowd of more than 1,000 people tried to make their way to the US Embassy inside a guarded enclave that houses embassies and government offices.

Riot police used tear gas and batons to keep stone-throwing demonstrators away from the enclave, and hundreds of shipping containers were lined up to cordon off the area. Some protesters were students affiliated with the Islamist hardline Jamaat-e-Islami party.

The demonstrations are expected to grow in Pakistan on Friday, the traditional day of prayer in the Muslim world. The Pakistani government has called for a national holiday on Friday so that people could come out and demonstrate peacefully against the film.

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