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Hundreds of Yemenis stage anti-U.S. demonstration in Aden

English.news.cn   2012-09-18 02:44:22            

ADEN, Yemen, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Yemeni citizens demonstrated on Monday condemning an anti-Islam film on Youtube that mocks Islam and denigrates the Prophet Mohammad and rejecting the arrival of an extra 50 U.S. Marines for embassy protection.

Amidst very tight security measures in the southern port city of Aden, hundreds of Yemenis burned U.S. flags and chanted anti- American slogans in defense of the Islam's Prophet Mohammad and called upon the U.S. to respect Islam's sanctity.

Scores of angry protesters in Aden tried to reach some foreign consulates in the Khor Maksar neighborhood but were driven back by police with tear gas, witnesses near the scene said.

Witnesses and residents said that "police troops pushed back protesters away from the western consulates' gates and lobbed tear gas in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators."

The protesters also urged the immediate departure of a platoon of Marines the Pentagon sent to the Yemeni capital Sanaa and called for rejection of any U.S. military presence on Yemeni ground, activists said.

The United States has sent a Marine unit to protect and bolster security at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, where police shot dead four protesters and wounded 48 others last Thursday.

On Saturday, the Yemeni parliament demanded departure of the U. S. Marines sent after embassy attack.

The escalation against the U.S. embassies in the Arab world came after a cinema house in California had shown a Hollywood film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Mohammad.

Since last Friday, thousands of protesters across the Arab countries by holding peaceful demonstrations have registered their protest over the anti-Islam film demanding punishment for the film producers.

Editor: yan
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