Angry protesters rallying against an anti-Islam film made in the United States have clashed with police forces in Indian-administered Kashmir. The clashes reportedly erupted in Srinagar, when hundreds of angry protesters started a march towards the local United Nations building, on Tuesday. Local authorities say all shops and businesses were shut down as a result of a strike against the controversial clip, insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Demonstrations were also held in other parts of the city as well, with protesters shouting anti-US slogans and burning American and Israeli flags.On Sunday, India’s Ministry of External Affairs announced that Google had blocked access to the blasphemous film at the country’s request. Indian security forces arrested 86 people during a protest against the insulting film on Friday, after enraged protesters attempted to attack the US consulate in the port city of Chennai. The anti-Islam film has drawn condemnation from many countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Britain, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Sweden, Tunisia and Yemen as well as the Vatican in Rome. Over a dozen people have already been killed in protests since the release of the film. Last Tuesday, US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other consulate staff members were killed in Benghazi after clashes involving a group of angry demonstrators near the consulate building. SZH/JR