Thousands protest cartoons, film in Afghan capital

Some 5,000 Afghans chanted "death to Denmark" and "death to the Netherlands" in Kabul on Friday, protesting against the reprinting of a cartoon in Danish newspapers and an anti-Koran Dutch film.

Thousands protest cartoons, film in Afghan capital

Some 5,000 Afghans chanted "death to Denmark" and "death to the Netherlands" in Kabul on Friday, protesting against the reprinting of a cartoon in Danish newspapers and an anti-Koran Dutch film.

Protesters gathered around a mosque in the west of the Afghan capital after Friday prayers chanting death to Denmark, death to the Netherlands, death to America and death to Jews.

Demonstrators burned Danish and Dutch flags and also an effigy of Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders, who is due to release an anti-Koran film later this month.



One unidentified speaker addressing the angry crowd through a megaphone from the back of a truck said the Afghan government should expel Danish and Dutch troops and close their embassies within two days or we will take action.

The Netherlands has some 1,650 troops, mainly in southern Afghanistan and 14 Dutch soldiers have been killed. Denmark, meanwhile, has 550 troops in northern and southern Afghanistan and 11 of its soldiers have been killed.

Anger is growing against the presence of more than 50,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan.

Many Afghan are frustrated at poor security and the slow pace of development more than six years after U.S.-led and Afghan forces toppled the Taliban.

Agencies

Last Mod: 21 Mart 2008, 17:24
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