Pakistani protesters clash with police over anti-Muslim film

Sep 20 2012 - 9:33am

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Pakistani protesters burn a representation of a U.S. flag and an effigy of U.S. President Barack Obama in the Pakistani border town of Chaman along the Afghanistan border on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Hundreds of Pakistanis angry at an anti-Islam film that denigrates the religion's prophet clashed with police in the Pakistani capital Thursday, the most violent show of anger in a day that saw smaller demonstrations in Indonesia, Iran and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Matiullah Achakzai)
Pakistani protesters rally near containers police had placed to block the road leads to the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Hundreds of Pakistanis angry at an anti-Islam film that denigrates the religion's prophet clashed with police in the Pakistani capital Thursday, the most violent show of anger in a day that saw smaller demonstrations in Indonesia, Iran and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Pakistani supporters of Jamaat-e-Ahle-e-Sunnat chant slogans during a demonstration that is part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
A Pakistani protester carries a burning piece of canvas towards containers police had placed to block the road leads to the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Hundreds of Pakistanis angry at an anti-Islam film that denigrates the religion's prophet clashed with police in the Pakistani capital Thursday, the most violent show of anger in a day that saw smaller demonstrations in Indonesia, Iran and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Pakistani protesters take shelter behind a container as police fire tear gas shell during clashes that erupted as protestors tied to approach the U.S. embassy, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Hundreds of Pakistanis angry at an anti-Islam film that denigrates the religion's prophet clashed with police in the Pakistani capital Thursday, the most violent show of anger in a day that saw smaller demonstrations in Indonesia, Iran and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
Pakistani protesters burn a representation of a U.S. flag and an effigy of U.S. President Barack Obama in the Pakistani border town of Chaman along the Afghanistan border on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Hundreds of Pakistanis angry at an anti-Islam film that denigrates the religion's prophet clashed with police in the Pakistani capital Thursday, the most violent show of anger in a day that saw smaller demonstrations in Indonesia, Iran and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Matiullah Achakzai)
Pakistani protesters rally near containers police had placed to block the road leads to the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Hundreds of Pakistanis angry at an anti-Islam film that denigrates the religion's prophet clashed with police in the Pakistani capital Thursday, the most violent show of anger in a day that saw smaller demonstrations in Indonesia, Iran and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Pakistani supporters of Jamaat-e-Ahle-e-Sunnat chant slogans during a demonstration that is part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)
A Pakistani protester carries a burning piece of canvas towards containers police had placed to block the road leads to the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Hundreds of Pakistanis angry at an anti-Islam film that denigrates the religion's prophet clashed with police in the Pakistani capital Thursday, the most violent show of anger in a day that saw smaller demonstrations in Indonesia, Iran and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Pakistani protesters take shelter behind a container as police fire tear gas shell during clashes that erupted as protestors tied to approach the U.S. embassy, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Hundreds of Pakistanis angry at an anti-Islam film that denigrates the religion's prophet clashed with police in the Pakistani capital Thursday, the most violent show of anger in a day that saw smaller demonstrations in Indonesia, Iran and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

ISLAMABAD -- Hundreds of Pakistanis angry at an anti-Islam film that denigrates the religion's prophet are clashing with police in the Pakistani capital.

Islamabad police official Mohammed Iqbal says the crowd numbers more than 1,000 people and most of them are students.

Television footage of the demonstrations Thursday showed police using tear gas and batons to try to keep demonstrators away from a restricted enclave that houses government offices and embassies.

The government lined up hundreds of shipping containers to cordon off the enclave that is also home to the U.S. Embassy.

Iqbal says students were trying to make their way to the American embassy, but police were holding them back.

 

 

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