Is this ever going to stop? I’m beginning to think, no.
(Ahram Online) — Tens of thousands of people on Saturday protested in Nigeria’s second city of Kano, burning images of Barack Obama and stomping on the American flag to denounce an anti-Islam film made in the US.
A crowd that included men, children and veiled women stretched for several kilometres (miles) through the city, the largest in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, condemning the film that has stirred outrage across the Muslim world.
They shouted “death to America, death to Israel and death to the enemies of Islam,” in a rally that ended with no reported incidents of violence but caused gridlock in the city of roughly 4.5 million people.
The demonstration was organised by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, a pro-Iranian group that adheres to the Shiite branch of Islam. The group has operated in Africa’s most populous country since the late 1970s.
“We are out today to express our rage and disapproval over this blasphemous film,” said Muhammed Turi, a protest leader and member of the Islamic Movement which organised a similar rally earlier this week in the northern city of Zaria.
Some pictures of US President Barack Obama were set alight, while others were dragged through the dirt and stomped on by protesters shouting “enemy of Islam.”
American and Israeli flags were also defaced and Iranian flags were waved in the air as the group marched towards a palace owned by the Emir of Kano, the top religious figure in the region.