Protests Spread to Afghanistan, Indonesia

1 killed in Pakistan as demonstrations rage on

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 17, 2012 8:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – Muslim rage over the Innocence of Muslims continues to spread. A protest by some 300 people a few miles from the US embassy in Kabul turned violent today, leaving 15 police injured, CNN reports. In Indonesia, meanwhile, at least 11 police officers and a protester were hurt as protesters threw rocks and molotov cocktails at Jakarta's US embassy. Elsewhere:

  • Another protester was killed in Pakistan today, as police fired warning shots at a student-organized protest in the country's northwest tribal region. That follows the death of a protester in Karachi yesterday.

  • US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice disagreed with the Libyan president's assertion yesterday that the embassy attack there was planned. Instead, the Benghazi protest seemed to be a copycat of Cairo demonstrations that "seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists."
  • Yemen today moved to assure people that the roughly 50 US marines deployed in the wake of the embassy attack there won't be staying long. "They are (here) temporarily for a limited amount of time," Yemen's president told Reuters.
  • The New York Times, meanwhile, has a piece today delving into the cultural divide fueling the protests. At issue: Free speech is an alien concept to some in the Arab world; indeed, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood issued a statement last week indicating that they believed the West had laws against denying the Holocaust.

Afghan police stand by burning tires during a protest, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.
Afghan police stand by burning tires during a protest, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)
Afghan police stands by during a protest, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.
Afghan police stands by during a protest, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)
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