Oct 26 2009
Afghan police opened fire to disperse up to 1,000 protesters in Kabul on Sunday after they burned an effigy of President Barack Obama in protest at American troops allegedly desecrating a copy of the Qur’an.
The protesters blocked roads at Kabul University and outside the national parliament with some shouting: “Death to America! Down with Israel!” Several students threw stones at riot police, but there were no reports of casualties. Zabiulllah, one of the demonstrators, who were mainly students, said “the people behind this humiliation should be arrested.”
One banner displayed by the crowd said: “No to democracy. We just want Islam.”
US forces have denied burning a copy of Islam’s holiest book while carrying out a raid last week in Wardak province, south-west of the capital. Captain Elizabeth Mathias, a spokeswoman for the coalition, said an investigation had found the allegation was Taliban propaganda.
She said: “We did not burn a Qur’an … It is unfortunate that the protesters believe a Taliban rumour.” UK TELEGRAPH
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