Anti-American protests in Pakistan take deadly turn
19 dead after thousands riot over film
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- Date Sep 21, 2012
19 dead after thousands riot over film
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And a deadly day in neighboring Pakistan massive government backed.
Threaten to further strain whatever ties -- left between the United States and Pakistan.
That nation that is supposed to be one of our most critical allies in the fight against terrorism.
-- -- government today declared a national holiday.
And encouraged peaceful demonstrations against that low budget anti American.
I should say anti Islam video that mocked the Prophet Mohammed.
But this is not what peace looks like.
In Karachi officials said -- armed protesters fired on police killed one and heard another.
Police responded firing tear gas and live ammunition to a crowd of some 151000.
More than a dozen people reported dead in that chaos.
The Pakistani prime minister today -- the international community to pass laws to prevent people from insulting the Prophet Mohammed pass laws.
And the foreign minister filed a formal complaint -- American diplomat.
Protesters in more than half a dozen countries rallied -- -- our country today in Iraq.
Thousands of protesters gathered in the streets of the city of Basra some of them held signs that read death to America.
In Iran the Iranian President accused the west of trying to spark religious conflicts.
He did that in the military parade and in -- -- Thousands of supporters of the Shiite militant group -- -- -- demonstrated against the anti Islam video.
Of course we have no way of knowing whether that video is the real motivation for many these protests or whether the governments and others are using that video.
As an excuse to rally against the United States.
The -- fox report correspondent Jonathan Hunt is with us tonight and -- and not exactly a helpful move from an ally announcing a national holiday.
Especially when you call it in the wake of this anti Islamic video -- vote for -- profit day.
It's certainly would -- -- on many levels to give a green light to demonstrate -- to be on the streets.
If not a green light for the violence that ensued.
One imagines that this issue may have been raised between secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
And the Pakistani foreign minister at a meeting at the State Department today although publicly Secretary Clinton would only repeat -- are off to -- -- line.
Condemning both the video itself and the violence listen.
The video that set the core of this series of events.
Offensive disgusting and reprehensible.
That does not provide justification.
For violence -- Clinton also took the opportunity today at that meeting to thank Pakistani officials.
For protecting of the US embassy.
And now consulates across Pakistan what what did Pakistan the officials say about this video and all this violence -- the foreign minister at that meeting and in the comments off the woods offered no apology -- the demonstrations.
All of the protesters instead an expression of gratitude.
The President Obama and Secretary Clinton.
Condemning the anti Islamic video.
As they did in that have that'd been running track Pakistan and is on the face -- page of the US embassy in -- the Pakistani foreign minister.
And the nation has given its strong message that the United States government.
Not only condemns it that has absolutely no support to such blasphemous videos.
Our punt and any of that I think that is an important message and that message was going on me in ending the violence on main street in the lives.
And it is worth pointing out that the violence on that many streets in many parts of the Muslim world.
Has seemed to tamp down a little over the -- week of course any pictures of flag burning of the burning of effigies.
Are deeply disturbing but it is important to polling data that on this Friday a day of Pratt.
I'm protest the numbers in most parts of the Muslim world -- much smaller than they have been we have just heard -- From -- spokesman for the National Security Council.
The President Obama next week and the United Nations General Assembly is going to directly address both the anti Islamic video.
And the violent citizens Utica also look to the -- and Jonathan Hunt thank you.
What we've been reporting a lot.