Lawyers in Pakistan rally against anti-Islam film
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Several hundred lawyers protesting an anti-Islam video forced their way into an area in Pakistan's capital that houses the United States (US) Embassy and other foreign missions on Wednesday, and the US temporarily closed its consulate in an Indonesian city because of similar demonstrations.
The lawyers who protested in Islamabad shouted anti-US slogans and burned an American flag after they pushed through a gate, gaining access to the diplomatic enclave before police stopped them. They called for the US ambassador to be expelled from the country, and then peacefully dispersed.
The demonstration followed three days of violent protests against the film in Pakistan in which two people were killed. At least 28 other people have died in violence linked to the film in seven countries, including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans killed in a Sept 11 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Much of the anger over the film, which denigrates Islam's Prophet Muhammad, has been directed at the US government even though the film was privately produced in the United States and American officials have criticised it.