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Protests erupt in east Afghanistan over anti-Islam film made in US
Afghan protesters shout anti-US slogans during demonstrations in eastern Laghman Province. (File photo)
Afghan protesters shout anti-US slogans during demonstrations in eastern Laghman Province. (File photo)
Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:2PM
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Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in eastern Afghanistan to voice their enrage over the release of a blasphemous movie made in the United States.


The rally was held on Friday, one day after US Assistant Chief of Mission for Afghanistan Hugo Llorens called for calm over the blasphemous movie, while Afghan authorities ordered YouTube website be blocked indefinitely to stop Afghans watching the film.

The measure comes amid escalating fears of anti-US sentiments as the Muslim world is outraged by the production of the blasphemous video, which insults the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and depicts Islam as an oppressive religion.

On Tuesday, US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, along with three other consulate staff members, were killed in Benghazi after clashes involving a group of angry demonstrators near the consulate building.

At least four Yemeni protesters were killed on Thursday after US embassy guards in Sana'a opened fire on protesters trying to break into the building.

The anti-Islam film has drawn condemnation from many countries including Afghanistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, as well as the Vatican in Rome.

Sam Bacile, a real estate developer, has assumed responsibility for the film released on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, which he said was made thanks to Jewish donations totaling $ 5 million.

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