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Protests in Iraq over film on prophet Mohammed
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septembrie 15, 2012 |
Baghdad – Protests over a controversial film on prophet Mohammed were staged also in Iraq. The film, described by Muslims as blashpemous, had previously caused riots in several countries across North Africa and the Middle East. Hundreds of people took to the streets in Baghdad, in the suburb district of Sadr City, burning US flags.
Protests jointly staged by Sunni and Shia Muslims were also reported in Iraq’s southern city of Basra. Hundreds of supporters of radical Shia Imam Moqtada al-Sadr took to the streets in the Shia holy city of Najaf chanting slogans against the United States and Israel, while the Imam urged the government to summon the US ambassador and ban American citizens from entering the country. Meanwhile, the Asaib al-Haq militia, that was behind a number of recent attacks against foreingers in Iraq, threatened to carry out new attacks, especially against US citizens in retaliation for the „insult” to prophet Mohammed. „We are not going to forget.
American interests are at risk”, the head of the militia, Qais al-Khazali, said. Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki called the film on the prophet „racist” and „insulting”, but called on Muslims to demonstrate peacefully and refrain from resorting to violence. (AGI)