Afghan students protest Quran burning

April 10, 2011 - 0:0

Hundreds of Afghan students have staged a peaceful demonstration in the eastern province of Khost to protest the repeated desecration of the copies Holy Quran by a U.S. pastor.

On the eight consecutive day of fury against the burning of a copy of the Islam's holy book, a crowd of university students spilled out into the city, calling for prosecution of those behind the sacrilegious move, a Press TV correspondent reported.
This is the latest in a series of Afghan rallies against Quran burning in the United States. There have been almost daily protests since the sacrilege took place at a small church in the US state of Florida in March.
On March 20, Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center church in Gainesville, Florida, stirred outrage worldwide by burning a copy of Islam's Holy book after holding a mock trial at his fringe church.
Jones had first planned to burn the Holy book last year on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 incidents but changed his mind due to a massive international condemnation of the move.
The sacrilegious move, endorsed by U.S. authorities as “freedom of expression” unleashed a wave of deadly protests in Afghanistan in early April and gained momentum last week.
Ten UN foreign workers were killed after a small number of furious protesters stormed the UN headquarters in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif against a background of anti-Western sentiments in the country.
At least ten Afghans were killed and over 80 others wounded in the southern city of Kandahar on Saturday in a second day of violent protests over the desecration of the Holy Qur'an, according to Reuters.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the repeated desecration of the Holy Qur'an, saying “Such actions cannot be condoned by any religion.”
Ban's remarks come as the extremist American pastor has reportedly announced plans to defiantly spearhead another anti-Islam rally outside a Michigan mosque on April 22.
The brazen act of Quran burning comes at a time when Washington has expelled or detained individual Muslims in America merely for expressing views critical of the U.S. support for Israeli atrocities against Palestinians and its selective policy in waging a global “war on terror.”
(source: Press TV)