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Thousands protest in Nigeria over anti-Islam film

2012-09-24 20:33

Kaduna - Thousands of people marched through the Nigerian city of Kaduna on Monday in the latest protest in the country's mainly Muslim north against a US-made anti-Islam film.

The protests over the film in Africa's most populous nation have been free of violence and Monday's rally ended with no reports of unrest.

Men, women and children were among the demonstrators who carried banners that read "Death to America" and "Death to Israel."

American flags were burned and dragged through the dusty streets of the northern city along with those of Britain and Israel.

The crudely-made film has stirred outrage across the Islamic world, with protests reported in more than 20 countries and over 50 people killed in attacks or demonstrations.

In Nigeria, where roughly half of the country's 160 million people are Muslim, a pro-Iranian Shi'ite group called the Islamic Movement of Nigeria has organised major demonstrations in three key cities.

"We are holding this protest to express our outrage over the movie that blasphemed Islam," said Mukhtar Sahabi, a protest organiser and member of the Islamic Movement, which was established in Nigeria in the late 1970s.

The low-budget film Innocence of Muslims was reportedly produced by an Egyptian Coptic Christian.

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Kano on Saturday, Nigeria's second city, stomping on American flags and burning pictures of US President Barack Obama.

Last week several thousand people protested in the city of Zaria, which is near Kaduna.

Kaduna and Zaria were hit by a series of suicide bombings at churches in June that sparked reprisal violence by Christian youth mobs, who killed dozens of their Muslim neighbours and burned some of their corpses. Muslim mobs later launched further revenge attacks.

The church bombings were blamed on the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, which has carried out scores of attacks across northern and central Nigeria since 2010.

An article in one of Nigeria's leading newspapers in 2002 considered blasphemous by Muslims helped spark deadly riots in Kaduna in which 3 000 people were killed.

Comments
  • jaba.kov - 2012-09-25 05:49

    A new report from one of the world's most respected NGO, Open Doors, shines a spotlight on the oppression of Christians in Muslim lands. It addresses the diminution, subjugation, emasculation, conversion, massacre and deportation of the indigenous Christians who came under the rule of Muhammad’s faithful. The survey demolishes the mainstream media’s obfuscation. With the only exception being North Korea, an atheistic nightmare where 70,000 Christians are held in ghastly camps, 9 of the 10 worst persecutors of Christians are Islamic countries (Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Iran, Maldives, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Iraq and Pakistan.) Islamic groups recently issued an ultimatum to the Christians in Nigeria: “You have three days to leave, or you’ll die.” Over 13,750 Christians have already been killed in Nigeria since the introduction of Sharia laws in 2001. Some 500 Christians have been slaughtered since last December and 300 churches have been demolished. Islam’s supersessionary doctrine catalyzes destruction, oppression and hemorrhaging of Christians in eastern lands. While there were moments of laxity in applying this domination, Islam did not recoil from razing churches in ancient Damascus and slaughtering Christians in the Sub-Saharan plateau, inflicting atrocities in Aleppo or Mesopotamia. A potential genocidal Christianophobia is spreading through Islamic lands.

      richard.bosmano - 2012-09-25 08:16

      And yet they are permitted to live in peace with us in our secular republics until they become a majority,then the violence begins. Islam should be banned in the free world.

  • joyce.beeton - 2012-09-25 10:12

    Exactly why people from these Muslim countries stream into South Africa and other countries where they can get away from sadistic laws and the hypocrisy that many of these fanatical leaders have - Australia for one has taken a stance that "if you don't like the way we rule our country, then leave". Good idea.

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