Protesters burn US flag in Turkey over anti-Islam film

By REUTERS
September 16, 2012 14:57




ANKARA - A small group of protestors burned a US flag outside the US Embassy in Turkey's capital Ankara on Sunday in protest against a film mocking the Prophet Mohammed, while several dozen others chanted slogans against US policy in Syria.

The protesters from two separate groups, one an Islamist organization and the other a workers' party, carried banners including one which read "Murderer America! Get out of Turkey!"

Riot police backed by water cannon blocked the road outside the embassy, keeping the protesters around 100 meters from its walls, and the group dispersed in less than an hour.

Fury about the amateurish film of obscure origin tore across the Middle East after weekly prayers on Friday with protesters attacking US embassies and burning American flags. The violence largely subsided on Saturday but the Pentagon has bolstered security at its missions in the region.


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