Huge turnout for Nigeria anti-film protest

2012-09-22 16:00

Kano - 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.

An AFP reporter said 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 being 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 Muhammed Turi, a member of the Islamic Movement and one of the protest leaders.

"This protest is also aimed at calling on the US government to put a halt to further blasphemy against Islam," he added.

Demonstrators carried pictures of US President Barack Obama, as well as American and Israeli flags as they marched towards a palace owned the Emir of Kano, the top religious figure in the city of roughly 4.5 million people.

Others were waving Iranian flags, the AFP reporter witnessed.

The low-budget film Innocence of Muslims, has incited a wave of bloody anti-American violence in cities across the Muslim world, with protests occurring in more than 20 countries.

  • roberto.casarelo - 2012-09-22 15:59

    It is time that Nigeria must split into two countries with Christians in the south.The border lines must be drawn should there be any need for open war should it get to that point.The bombing of churches and killing of worshippers will not be that easy any more and get away with it. Muslims have done more harm to christians than the other way around.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-22 20:08

    Not bad going coming from one of the three most corrupt countries in the world. Interesting to note that Norway and Igeria found their Natural resulrces in the same decade ad in similar quantities, There is secular norway with officially the seconf highest living standard in the world and there is islamic NIgeria, they don't HAVE a living standard. An absolute sh-thole by any standard. Just came back after 1 1/2 weeks and they might as well send me to Afghanistan. I challenge anyone to travel ti any Muslim country that does not happen to have rich natural resources and come back and tell me the'd want to take their family and go stay there.

  • richard.kasumpa.7 - 2012-09-23 09:10

    Thanks you guyz at least you protest in nice way. Christians we stand 2 forgive those who hurt us most. May God gives you power 2 challenge yo enemies in harmony and peace without killing anyone.

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