US closes consulate amid film protest19/09/2012 - 10:23:22
The US has temporarily closed its consulate in Indonesia’s third-largest city due to ongoing protests over an anti-Islam film produced in America.
About 300 members of the pan-Islamic movement Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia rallied in front of the consulate in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, this morning.
Later, about 50 Muslim students also protested there.
Both groups called on Washington to punish the makers of the film, Innocence Of Muslims.
It was the third consecutive day of protests in Medan.
The US Embassy in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, sent a text message to US citizens saying the consulate has been closed temporarily because of the demonstrations.
Today’s protests at the consulate were peaceful.
On Monday, protesters hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails outside the embassy in Jakarta.
Meanwhile, in Pakistan, several hundred lawyers protesting over the film broke through a gate into an area in the capital, Islamabad, which houses the US Embassy and other foreign missions.
Police stopped the demonstrators before they could reach the US Embassy, which is surrounded by another set of high walls and protected by security guards.
Today’s protest follows three days of violent demonstrations in other parts of Pakistan against the film, which denigrates Islam’s Prophet Mohammed. Two protesters were killed in those demonstrations.
At least 28 people have died in demonstrations against the film throughout the Muslim world over the past week, including the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.
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