Mass public protests and violence spread throughout the Arab world Monday, as the British-Saudi axis continues to increase the pressure toward thermonuclear war. The violence, ostensibly over an anti-Islam Hollywood movie, is being compared to that of British agent Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses.
"Hundreds" of demonstrators "hurled petrol bombs" and set fire to cars and tires as protests spread to Jakarta, Indonesia, this morning. Police were forced to fire tear gas and water cannons to control the crowd outside the U.S. Embassy there. Protesters set fire to an American flag while chanting "America, America, Go to Hell" according to Pakistan Today. There were several injuries, but no deaths reported.
Demonstrations have spread like wildfire across Pakistan, even as the government restricted Internet access to YouTube and other sites in an effort to calm crowds. Dozens were reported hurt as police clashed with protesters outside the American consulates in Lahore and Karachi, and 600 students and protesters demonstrated in the Upper Dir district of the northwestern tribal areas, adjacent to a former Taliban stronghold. In Islamabad, the American Embassy was forced to suspend public services.
Three to four thousand people demonstrated in the Kabul, Afghanistan, in the second day of protests. For the first time, protests took a violent turn, with several police cars burned, but were otherwise contained. Protesters were converging on the central U.S. Camp Phoenix when they were turned away. Unlike Sunday's "green on blue" attacks, in which eight coalition soldiers were killed, no deaths were reported, although 40-50 police were reportedly injured..
In Iraq, a suicide bomber rammed a car full of explosives into a security check-point outside Baghdad's heavily-fortified "International Zone" (formerly Green Zone), this morning, killing 8 people and injuring 31, including Iraqi lawmaker Habib al-Turfi and two of his bodyguards. Until yesterday's attack, violence in Iraq had been on the fall, since a string of attacks killed 92 people over a week ago.
Hundreds of Yemeni students demonstrated Monday, calling for the expulsion of the U.S. Ambassador and condemning the deployment of a counter-terror unit of Marines, according to an AFP report. The U.S. has reportedly also sent a Marine unit to protect the U.S. Embassy in Libya.