Pakistani Protester Dies After Inhaling Fumes From Ignited U.S. Flag

Burning an American flag proved fatal for a Pakistani protester, who reportedly died from inhaling fumes from the ignited icon of independence.

Some 10,000 people rallied this week in Lahore, the capital of the Punjab province, to protest the movie trailer that Muslims say insults Islam, according to the International Herald-Tribune. One participant, identified as Abdullah Ismail, died after being taken to an area hospital. Witnesses said he had complained of feeling sick  from the smoke from American flags burnt at the rally.

The rally was organized on the city’s landmark mall by the Tehreek Hurmat-i-Rasool. Despite a ban on rallies on The Mall, local officials blocked off the road leading to it from noon to 6 p.m., apparently to facilitate the event.

The film trailer that has spurred angry protests throughout the Middle East, “Innocence of Muslims,” was produced by a California man. The trailer ridicules Islam and depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a pedophile. But protesters asserted it was created with the backing of the U.S. government.

What is your view regarding the said anti-Islam movie that these protesters are rallying against? Do you agree or disagree with their statement that the U.S. backed this movie? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us regarding this issue!

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Britain Condemns Embassy Incursion in Iran

Britain condemned Iran for allowing protesters to storm its embassy and a separate diplomatic compound in Tehran on Tuesday, warning there will be “serious consequences” as a result.

The incursion happened after about 1,000 people gathered near the embassy to demand that the British ambassador be sent home immediately. The rally began quietly, but some participants then stormed the building, breaking down the door, throwing around papers and replacing the British flag with an Iranian one.

British Prime Minister David Cameron described the incursion as “outrageous and indefensible” and demanded that Iran immediately ensure the safety of all British Embassy personnel. Iranian security forces are responsible for guarding the embassy under international law, he said. By Tuesday evening, the protesters had been cleared from both sites by police and 12 students have been arrested.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry expressed its regret for the student protest, “which turned into an out of control demonstration,” in a statement on its website. The ministry said it would “take action through legal channels” against those who stormed the embassy building. It is now advising British nationals in Iran “to stay indoors, keep a low profile and await further advice.”

The demonstration followed a vote Sunday by the Iranian Parliament to expel the ambassador and reduce diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom in retaliation for newly imposed Western sanctions, according to Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency, or IRNA.

Britain cut all financial ties with Iran last week over concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, the first time it has cut an entire country’s banking sector off from British finance, the British Treasury announced. Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful and has called the U.N. watchdog’s report “unbalanced” and “politically motivated.”


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