Much of the American mainstream media has grown bored with the story, but the Cartoon Jihad continues to boil over. AP reports on the worst violence in the Islamists’ pretextual protests against the Mohammed Cartoons today in Pakistan:
Thousands of protesters rampaged through two cities Tuesday, storming into a diplomatic district and torching Western businesses and a provincial assembly in Pakistan’s worst violence against the Prophet Muhammad drawings, officials said. At least two people were killed and 11 injured.
Security forces fired into the air as they struggled to contain the unrest in the eastern city of Lahore, where protesters burned down four buildings housing a hotel, two banks, a KFC restaurant and the office of a Norwegian cell phone company, Telenor.
U.S. and British embassy staffers were confined to their compounds until police dispersed the protesters, some of whom chanted, “Death to America!”
Reuters coverage here. A Pizza Hut was also attacked and protesters also hurled stones at a Holiday Inn hotel and Western-owned filling stations.
Colonel Sanders gets torched:
And the Islamists burned down a McDonald’s too in the name of fair and balanced anti-Western jihad:
Ronald McDonald in flames:
The protesters, mostly religious seminary students, chanted “Death to Tony Blair”, “Death to Britain” and Death to America” while throwing hundreds of stones at the embassy buildings, smashing many windows… “Insulting the Prophet disgusts us and nuclear energy gives us dignity,” the crowd of about 200 people shouted. The West suspects Iran of trying to build nuclear weapons. Cheers erupted when a petrol bomb was thrown over the high wall surrounding the embassy compound in central Tehran. Several other petrol bombs struck the wall and the embassy’s main gate. Scuffles broke out between the protesters and dozens of riot police trying to prevent the crowd from surging towards the embassy gates.
Stones and firecrackers were thrown at the nearby German embassy by a smaller crowd of protesters earlier on Tuesday. “Europe, Europe this is the last warning. Mohammad is the Prophet of compassion, America is the cause of all misery,” the crowd of about 50 chanted outside the German embassy.
Death threats have been leveled at a Der Spiegel cartoonist over his satirical drawing of Iranian soccer players as suicide bombers; the cartoon, aimed at unprepared German security forces, contained no depiction of Mohammed. See Davids Medienkritik and Gateway Pundit for more.
Iraninan President Ali Khamenei riles up the masses via MemriTV.
And on it goes.
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