Hundreds of angry Afghans protest anti-Islam film
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Hundreds of Afghans _ some shouting “Death to America” _ burned the U.S. flag and an effigy of President Barack Obama on Friday during a protest against an anti-Islam film outside the eastern city of Jalalabad.
The film depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a madman.
Since it surfaced on the Internet, it has prompted violent protests at U.S. embassies in the Middle East. The American ambassador and three other U.S. staff members were killed when the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked.
Mohammad Zhirullah, a protester who spoke to The Associated Press on the phone from the site, said the crowd called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sever relations with the United States.
“When the movie was shown around the world, it broke the heart of every Muslim,” Zhirullah said. “We condemn this act and those who are behind it should be put on trial and should be hanged to death. … It cannot be tolerated by the Afghan people.”
It is unclear who organized the demonstration, which lasted about an hour, in the Marko area of Nangarhar province between Jalalabad and the Pakistan border.
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