Sunday, October 25, 2009

Protesters burn Obama's effigy in front of Afghan parliament

KABUL, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Kabul university students who came to streets on Sunday to condemn the alleged desecration of Muslim holy book Quran set on fire the effigy of President Barack Obama in front of parliament and called for halt of what they termed arbitrary operations.

"The protesters besides burning the effigy of President Obama and chanting slogans 'Death to America' called on the NATO-led forces in Afghanistan to halt arbitrary operations in Afghan villages," a protester Matiullah Karimi told Xinhua.

He also said that there was minor clash between protesting students and police in front of parliament building as policemen lathe charged to disperse the protesters.

U.S. soldiers, according to locals, during operations against Taliban militants in Wardak province, 40 km west of Kabul, couple of days ago raided a mosque and burned Quran.

The protesters, Karimi added, in front of parliament building, called on government to arrest and punish those soldiers burned the holy Quran.

Later the demonstrators dispersed peacefully.........

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