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Pakistani man dies after inhaling fumes from burning American flags at anti-Islam film rally

Posted by on Sep. 18, 2012 at 7:12 PM
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Pakistani man dies after inhaling fumes from burning American flags at anti-Islam film rally

  • More than 10,000 protesters reportedly took to the streets in Lahore
  • Demonstrators chanted anti-U.S. slogans and set light to U.S. flag outside American Consulate.

By Phil Vinter

PUBLISHED: 03:48 EST, 18 September 2012 | UPDATED: 11:57 EST, 18 September 2012

 

 A Pakistani protestor has died after inhaling smoke from burning U.S.  flags during a rally against the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims.

Abdullah Ismail died in Mayo hospital in Lahore having complained of feeling unwell during the angry demonstrations in the eastern Pakistan city yesterday.

Around 10,000 people are estimated to have taken part in the protest organised by the group Tehreek Hurmat-i-Rasool.

Pakistani Shiite Muslims climb the U.S. consulate wall to burn an American flag during a protest in Lahore against an anti-Islam movie

Pakistani Shiite Muslims climb the U.S. consulate wall to burn an American flag during a protest in Lahore against the anti-Islam movie

Demonstrators chanted anti-U.S. slogans before setting light to an American flag outside the U.S. Consulate.

Some, who tried to reach the wall of the building, scuffled with baton-wielding police.

 

 

The participants marched from Nila Gumbad to Masjid-i-Shuhada on The Mall and despite a ban on rallies on The Mall, the road remained blocked to traffic until 6pm

A number of religious leaders addressed the rally including Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, head of the Jamatud Dawa organisation - one of the largest and most active militant Islamist groups in South Asia.

He claimed the film had been produced with the backing of the U.S. establishment.

Activists of the Sirat-e-Mustaqeem Foundation burn the U.S. flag in Lahore during the protest against the anti-Islamic movie

Activists of the Sirat-e-Mustaqeem Foundation burn the U.S. flag in Lahore during the protest against the anti-Islamic movie

He said director Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and others involved in its production and release  must be hanged.

According to the Express Tribune he told protestors: 'The U.S. must make a law against blasphemy - or we will not let the U.S. consulates in Pakistan function.'

He also dismissed the value of the resolution made on September 13 by parliament which condemning the movie. He said the country's president Asif Ali Zardari must announce jihad against countries such as the U.S. who 'support attacks on Islam'.

He also urged The Organisation of Islamic Countries Conference to boycott U.S. goods.

Meanwhile other rallies against the controversial film, which sparked controversy after a trailer was posted on YouTube, took place across Pakistan.

Pakistani Sunni Muslims torch a US flag during the protest in Lahore where more than 10,000 demonstrators took to the streets

Pakistani Sunni Muslims torch a US flag during the protest in Lahore where more than 10,000 demonstrators took to the streets

Several hundred demonstrators in the northwestern part of the country clashed with police after setting fire to a press club and a government building.

The protesters apparently attacked the press club in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province's Upper Dir district because they were angry their rally wasn't getting more coverage, according to the police.

I the town of Wari officers charged a crowd, beating protesters back with batons, police official Mukhtar Ahmed said.

The demonstrators then attacked an office belonging to a senior government official and surrounded a local police station, where officers locked themselves in.

Another protester died when police and demonstrators exchanged fire in the city, and several others were wounded, police spokesman Akhtar Hayat said.

In the southern city of Karachi Hundreds battled police for a second day as they tried to reach the U.S. Consulate.

A Pakistani Shiite Muslim woman holds a placard outside the U.S. consulate during the protest

A Pakistani Shiite Muslim woman holds a placard outside the U.S. consulate during the protest

Police lobbed tear gas and fired in the air to disperse the protesters from the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.

Police arrested 40 students, but no injuries were reported.

Pakistanis have also held many peaceful protests against the film, including one in the southwest town of Chaman, attended by around 3,000 students and teachers.

The chief justice of Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the government's telecommunications authority to block access to the film.

Government officials have said they are trying to block the video, as well as other content considered blasphemous, but it is still viewable on YouTube today.

The movie portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a child molester.

Protesters have directed their anger at the U.S. government, insisting it should do something to stop it, although the film was privately produced. American officials have criticized it for intentionally offending Muslims.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2204904/Pakistani-man-dies-inhaling-fumes-burning-American-flag-anti-Islam-film-rally.html#ixzz26rkSPkOO

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Ashley_Carlson
by on Sep. 18, 2012 at 7:29 PM
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Karma's a bitch, aint it?

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Sep. 18, 2012 at 7:58 PM
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Good grief, what is in the fabric of the flags? 

rfurlongg
by on Sep. 18, 2012 at 8:01 PM
Very sad.
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o0orange0o
by Melani on Sep. 18, 2012 at 8:04 PM
I'm thinking it was probably just smoke inhalation.


Quoting muslimahpj:

Good grief, what is in the fabric of the flags? 


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rfurlongg
by on Sep. 18, 2012 at 8:06 PM
That it what I thought as well.

Quoting o0orange0o:

I'm thinking it was probably just smoke inhalation.




Quoting muslimahpj:

Good grief, what is in the fabric of the flags? 


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LadyBugMom09
by Silver Member on Sep. 18, 2012 at 8:06 PM
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The film should not be taken down unless the person who produced it chooses to.

We have freedoms here, and they should not be compromised.
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Ashley_Carlson
by on Sep. 18, 2012 at 8:06 PM
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Uhh, why is it sad? He burned American flags, my country's flags, MY flags. I don't feel sorry for him at all. In fact, I hope he's in hell. 

Quoting rfurlongg:

Very sad.


muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Sep. 18, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Could be. He could have already been respiratorily (word?) compromised and the smoke was too much. 

I dont know. If they are outside, wouldnt it be hard to be overcome by smoke? 

hmm, now my brain is trying to figure this out more. 

Quoting o0orange0o:

I'm thinking it was probably just smoke inhalation.


Quoting muslimahpj:

Good grief, what is in the fabric of the flags? 




muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Sep. 18, 2012 at 8:08 PM
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Do you also wish death on Americans who burn the flag in protest?

I mean really, it's just a flag, a piece of cloth, why get so upset over someone burning it?

Quoting Ashley_Carlson:

Uhh, why is it sad? He burned American flags, my country's flags, MY flags. I don't feel sorry for him at all. In fact, I hope he's in hell. 

Quoting rfurlongg:

Very sad.




Sarah_Moore
by Member on Sep. 18, 2012 at 8:09 PM
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Serves him right, that's what he gets for burning our flag.
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