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More protests in Kabul condemn Koran burning


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More protests in Kabul condemn Koran burning

For the sixth successive day, demonstrators in Kabul have protested at the burning of the Koran in a small Florida church last month.

The swell of demonstrations has reached the White House where President Barack Obama, in a video conference with President Karzai, condemned the burning. And there was a stark warning for the US during the peaceful protest.

“If they do not stop such kind of activities we will not only be limited to such kind of gathering. It will create such a serious problem, not only for our government but also for America as well,” said protester Ziaullah Shafiq of the Afghanistan Society for Social Reform and Development.

Christian fundamentalist Pastor Terry Jones sparked the outburst of fury. He had called for the burning of the Koran and was present when it was set ablaze.

Deadly violence followed in two cities. At least 12 people were killed in Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday including seven foreign UN staff, while at the weekend ten died in Kandahar as protests erupted.

The demonstrators are calling for the US government to put Pastor Jones on trial. Analysts believe the protests are also fuelled by the presence of Americans in Afghanistan.

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