Kunduz: Sporadic demonstrations erupted in Afghanistan on Saturday as hundreds of protesters vented their anger over now-cancelled plans by a US evangelist to torch Qurans on the 9/11 anniversary.
In the capital of remote northern Badakhshan about 600
people staged a short protest, chanting anti-foreigner and
anti-US slogans, provincial police chief Aqa Noor Kintoz said.
The protesters returned to the scene of yesterday`s
violent protests outside a small NATO outpost in Fayzabad
city, where rock-throwing resulted in injuries to eight
people, including four police officers, officials said.
Saturday`s protest "ended peacefully without any
violence", Kintoz said.
Up to 250 people gathered in each of two other districts
of the province, Jirm and Kishim, he said.
"They chanted anti-US, anti-Jewish and anti-American
slogans and dispersed. They did not march and there was no
violence," Kintoz told a news agency.
The minor protests coincided with the ninth anniversary
of the attacks on the United States by Islamist extremists who
flew planes into buildings in New York and Washington, killing
almost 3,000 people.
They follow a plan by a tiny evangelical church, the Dove
World Outreach Centre in Florida, to burn copies of the Koran
to mark the day.
The church`s Pastor Terry Jones seemed to have abandoned
the plan by yesterday after pleas from US President Barack
Obama, the Vatican and several other world leaders warning how
provocative such an act could be.
About a dozen protests erupted across the country
yesterday, the first day of the Eid holiday marking the end of
the Ramadan fasting month.