20 Killed, Dozens Injured in Pakistan Protests Over Anti-Islam Film (Photos)
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20 Killed, Dozens Injured in Pakistan Protests Over Anti-Islam Film (Photos)

Islamabad : Pakistan | Sep 22, 2012 at 2:43 AM PDT
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(Check It Out! Pictures!) ISLAMABAD, Pakistan- At least 20 people declared dead and more than 150 were injured after demonstrators torched movie houses, police cars, and American fast food restaurants as their protest against the controversial anti-Islam film ‘The Innocence of Muslims’ in Karachi, Pakistan on Friday, Sept 21, 2012.

Based on reports, two policemen and a cable channel's employee from Karachi and Peshawar were among the dead. The protesters were able to stop by the authorities before reaching the US consulate. Some critics says, Pakistan government declared “Day of Love for the Prophet Muhammad” is a way to divert the attention from its failure to provide basic services.

According to Akbar Saeed Farooqi, spokesman for a religious organization that helped organize demonstrations, said, "Our heart is crying bloody tears. We can bear everything but disrespect to our Prophet and Koran.”

News columnist Mehreen Zahra-Malik said, “This was a terrible idea. It was time to calm people down and not give a stamp of approval to protesters, many of whom would just use it as an excuse for violence. . . . There was clearly going to be violence.”

Images courtesy of AP.

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Police chase protesters during an anti-US rally in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Sept 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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  • 	Police chase protesters during an anti-US rally in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Sept 21, 2012. 	(AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

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  • 	Pakistani protesters shout anti-U.S. slogans at a rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sept. 21, 2012. 	(AP Photo/B.K. Bangash

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  • 	Pakistani protesters burn tires to block the main highway in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sept. 21, 2012. 	(AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

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  • 	Pakistani protesters damage and torch police vehicles in Karachi, Pakistan on Friday, Sept 21, 2012. Tens of thousands protested against the film around the country after the government encouraged peaceful protests and declared a national holiday — "Love for the Prophet Day." Demonstrations turned violent and scores of people were killed, including a driver for a Pakistani television station, who died after police opened fire on rioters torching a cinema in the northwest city of Peshawar during a protest. 	(AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

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  • 	A plain clothed Pakistani police officer fires a tear gas canister to disperse protesters, not shown, during clashes in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Sept 21, 2012. during clashes that erupted as the demonstrators tried to approach the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. Demonstrations turned violent in several Pakistani cities and over a dozen people were killed as tens of thousands protested against an amateurish anti-Muslim film produced in the United States and vulgar caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published in a French satirical weekly around the country after the government encouraged peaceful protests and declared a national holiday — "Love for the Prophet Day." 	(AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

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