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Fresh protests erupt in Afghanistan against the blasphemous film
Afghan protesters torch a US flag during a demonstration in Ghanikhail district of Nangarhar Province on September 14, 2012.
Afghan protesters torch a US flag during a demonstration in Ghanikhail district of Nangarhar Province on September 14, 2012.
Fresh angry protests have erupted in Afghanistan against the blasphemous US-made movie as the country’s lawmakers call for the cancellation of a security pact with the United States.


The protesters burnt an effigy of the US President Barack Obama and blamed the blasphemous anti-Islam movie on Washington.

The fresh protests come after Afghan lawmakers earlier today called on the government to cancel a strategic partnership pact signed by Kabul and Washington over the anti-Islam film, which insults the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

On May 2, US President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the deal that authorizes the presence of US troops for a period of 10 years after 2014, which was the original date agreed earlier for the departure of all foreign combat troops from Afghanistan.

The appeal comes as fury over the blasphemous movie has spread across the world, with protesters marching on the US embassies and torching the US flags.

The anti-US protests were triggered on Tuesday after the sacrilegious film led to an attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, where the US ambassador and three other Americans were killed.

On Friday, thousands of protesters took to the streets in eastern Afghanistan to voice their anger over the release of the insulting film.

Protests have also erupted in several other countries including Egypt, Iran, Libya, Tunisia, Sudan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan in response to the sacrilegious film.

Protests continue in Muslim and non-Muslim countries where the demonstrators call for the punishment of those behind the film.

TNP/JR/IS
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