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Indonesia protesters tear up US flag in anti-Islam protest

Published on Sep 19, 2012 8:41 PM
Indonesian members of Justice and Prosperous Party (PKS) tear copies of United States (US) flags during a protest against a low-budget US film insulting to Muslims outside the US embassy in Jakarta on Sept19, 2012. Hundreds of people from the Justice and Prosperous Party (PKS) protested on Sept 19 against a low-budget American film insulting to Muslims. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Hundreds of protesters tore up the American flag and threw eggs at the United States (US) embassy in Indonesia's capital Jakarta on Wednesday in the latest protest against an anti-Islam film.

More than 200 members of the Islam-based Prosperous Justice Party's youth wing wore headbands which read "Soldiers of Mohammed" and threw eggs at an American flag hung on barbed wire outside the embassy's main gate.

"Not only our drops of blood, we will even sacrifice our lives for our Prophet Mohammed," a protester told a crowd, who shouted back "Allahu akbar!" (God is greatest), while others yelled "Go to hell America" and "Expel America".

"We won't stay quiet if you insult our religion and our beloved Prophet Mohammed," he added.

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