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Tens of thousands protest anti-Islam film in Nigeria

Published on Sep 22, 2012 6:51 PM
 
Protesters hold white flags bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad during a protest march against an anti-Islam film made in the United States (US) that has stirred outrage across the Muslim world, in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Sept 22, 2012. Tens of thousands of people on Saturday protested on the streets of Nigeria's second city of Kano against an anti-Islam film made in the US that has stirred outrage across the Muslim world. -- PHOTO: AFP

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - Tens of thousands of people on Saturday protested on the streets of Nigeria’s second city of Kano against an anti-Islam film made in the United States (US) that has stirred outrage across the Muslim world.

The crowd of demonstrators stretched several kilometres through the city, the largest in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, with protesters shouting “death to America, death to Israel and death to the enemies of Islam”.

The rally was organised by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, a pro-Iranian group that adheres to the Shi'ite branch of Islam, which has operated in Africa’s most populous country since the late 1970s.  

“We are out today to express our rage and disapproval over this blasphemous film,” said Mr Muhammed Turi, a protest leader and member of the Islamic Movement that organised a similar rally earlier this week in the city of Zaria.  

 
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