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Protestors ask US to apologise over Quran burning

Protestors ask US to apologise over Quran burning

Apr 05, 2011 - 16:57

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Hundreds of people asked the US government to apologise to the Muslim worldinfo-icon over the March 20 Quraninfo-icon burning incident in Florida during a demonstration in Kabul on Tuesday.

Nearly 1,000 people, most of them university students, gathered in front of Kabul University on the fifth day of protests against the burning by a fundamentalist Christian preacher in Florida. They called for punishment of the Christian preacher.

The demonstration began at about 8:00am amid tight security arrangements and dispersed peacefully at 11:00am. The protestors chanted slogans against the US.

"Though westerners think they are socially developed and civilised nations, still they insult the faith of about 1.5 billion Muslims around the globe. We condemn their deeds and want the Florida church pastor to stand trial," Esmatullah Salarzai, a protestor, said.

Protests throughout Afghanistaninfo-icon continued on the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday to condemn the Quran burning in the United States.

Tuesday's demonstration held amid tight security arrangements as earlier such protests had turned deadly.

On Sunday, police and stone-throwing demonstrators clashed in Kandahar, leaving as many as three people killed in the violence.

Sixteen people were killed and more than 80 injured in Kandahar on Saturday, and 12 people died Friday -- including seven UN employees -- when angry demonstrators stormed a UN compound in Mazar-i-Sharif.

President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the burning as did various US officials, including US President Barack Obama.

Protestors in Kabul released a seven-article resolution, warning Western nations of serious reaction from Muslim World if insults to their religious book and faith continued to take place in future.

The resolution also asked Islamic countries to sever their relations with America and put pressure on the US government to punish the pastor and avoid a repetition of such actions in future.

It also asked foreign troops to stop civilian killings during their operations against insurgents. It called for an early withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.

Elsewhere, more than 1,000 people took to the streets in southwestern Nimroz province, asking the US government to put the pastor on trial.

Maulviinfo-icon Habibullah, an Imaminfo-icon of a mosqueinfo-icon in the city, asked protestors to stay peaceful during the demonstration.

The demonstration ended without violence after releasing a resolution, which demanded trial for the US pastor.



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