Thousands demonstrate over Koran burning in Turkey

Some 30,000 people took to the streets in southeast Turkey today against plans by a US church -- cancelled days ago -- to burn copies of the Koran.

Diyarbakir (Turkey): Some 30,000 people took
to the streets in southeast Turkey today against plans by a US
church -- cancelled days ago -- to burn copies of the Koran.

The crowd gathered in Diyarbakir, the largest city of the
mainly-Kurdish southeast, brandishing copies of the holy book
of Islam and chanting slogans against the United States and
Israel.

"We will sacrifice our soul and blood for the Koran," the
demonstrators chanted.

"Zionists and Crusaders are hand-in-hand. Where are the
Muslims?" one banner read.

The crowd dispersed after burning US and Israeli flags.
An evangelical Florida pastor triggered international
outrage earlier this month after he threatened to burn a pile
of Korans to mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
He then dropped the plan.

PTI

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