Iraqi Muslims protest Pope remarks, burn flags

September 18, 2006 16:02


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Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated in the southern city of Basra on Monday against Pope Benedict XVI's recent comments about Islam. About 500 supporters of the radical Shi'ite Grand Ayatollah Mahmoud al-Hassani marched through the city's streets carrying black flags. "No, no to the pope," and "you infidels, there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah," they chanted, and burned an effigy of the pope with a large black cross painted on its chest. They also burned Vatican and American flags.

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