ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of lawyers marching towards the US embassy Islamabad on Friday in a fresh protest to denounce an American-made anti-Islam film.
Wearing headbands inscribed with “Lovers of Prophet, Death to the blasphemer, America’s friends are traitors”, the protesters chanted slogans including “We are ready to sacrifice our lives to safeguard honour of the prophet”.
More than 200 police individuals armed with batons and shields stood guard near the safety gates leading to the diplomatic enclave, which contains most Western embassies in the Pakistani capital.
Roads leading to US Embassy have been blocked with containers, while the lawyers are reported to have sent some of their representatives inside the Diplomatic Encalave, through the containers, to hand over a memo to the embassy.
The lawyers leaders delivered fiery speeches against the US, urging the Pakistan government to expel the American Ambassador and break its “criminal silence” over the “Innocence of Muslims” film.
“The government should stop the policy of appeasing the US,” they said, castigating the country’s rulers for not officially registering their protest with the US.
A US flag was laid on the ground and the protesting lawyers walked over it one by one. Later they burnt the flag before the rally ended peacefully.
Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan have all blocked access to YouTube, following the video-sharing website’s failure to take down the film.
On the other hand pillion riding was banned in the federal capital due to security concerns.
While the federal interior ministry has also imposed Section 144 for two days in the capital city.