Massive crowds have gathered in the Turkish city of Istanbul in a peaceful protest against the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.The rally was called by the Islamic Saadet party. Over loudspeakers demonstrators were told they symbolised the anger of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims. Whereas their message was delivered peacefully many other gatherings have become violent.
In Indonesia, demonstrators turned their wrath on the US embassy in Jakarta. Members of the country’s militant Islamic Defenders Front warned of more protests to come.
A statement from the embassy said the demonstration was staged for television cameras. In Pakistan clashes broke out after the government banned a march following similar protests in the past week that have led to five deaths.
The death toll from the protests is growing – violence in Nigeria and Libya has claimed some 30 lives.
The Danish cartoonist who penned the drawings says he has no regrets but adds that he did not expect his pictures to spark such controversy. He is now in hiding after a Pakistani cleric offered money for his death.