Indonesians protest anti-Islam film, cartoons
JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesians staged anti-French and anti-American protests on Friday, in the latest outburst of anger at a United States (US)-made anti-Islam film and cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a French magazine.
Protesters gathered outside US and French missions, which were closed across the country on the Muslim holy day amid fears of violence, targeted American fast food outlets, and scuffled with police.
In Medan, North Sumatra province, dozens of protesters from the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) burnt an American flag outside the US consulate.
Outside the French consulate in Surabaya, capital of East Java province, some 200 protesters from another Islamic group chanted "crush America, crush France".