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Other than the anti-Islam film produced in the U.S. what other factors are playing into the violence in the Middle East? Rami Khouri of the American University of Lebanon speaks to the "CBS This Morning: Saturday" co-hosts about the protests.
A group of Malay-Muslim protesters claiming to be residents of Section 23 have threatened bloodshed unless the state government stopped the construction of a Hindu Temple.
Amid chants of "Allahuakbar," the group also left the severed head of a cow at the entrance of the State Secretariat here as a warning to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
The "residents" said that the construction of a Hindu temple in a 90 per cent Malay- Muslim neighbourhood was insensitive because activities there would disrupt their lives.
They claimed that the "noise" from the temple would disturb their own praying, and that they would not be able to function properly as Muslims.?I challenge YB Khalid, YB Rodziah and Xavier Jeyakumar to go on with the temple construction. I guarantee bloodshed and racial tension will happen if this goes on, and the state will be held responsible,? shouted Ibrahim Haji Sabri amid strong chants of ?Allahu Akbar!?
Mohd. Zurit Bin Ramli, who claims to be the secretary of the "Coalition of Malaysian NGOs" echoed Ibrahim?s stand on the matter, saying that it was irresponsible on the part of the state government to approve the construction as there was apparently a ?90 per cent? majority Muslim population in Section 23.
?With a temple on our residential area, we cannot function properly as Muslims. The temple will disrupt our daily activities like prayers in the Surau. We cannot concentrate with the sounds coming from the temple,? stated Zurit.
When asked whether members of the protest were affiliated with any organisations or movements, Ibrahim claimed that the people present today were members of PAS, PKR as well as Umno who are ?united in the name of Islam and the Malay spirit.
Video courtesy: malaysiakini
Muslim protesters for independence from India have been growing louder since a land dispute erupted in June.
Al Jazeera's Clayton Swisher reports how demonstrations took a violent turn when security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir fired on protesters in the city of Srinigar.
Muslim Anti-war protesters hurled insults at homecoming soldiers in Luton yesterday
A Muslim anti-war protest which marred a parade for soldiers returning from Iraq was today branded "insulting" and "sordid".
Two people were arrested after a disturbance broke out in Luton as soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, known as The Poachers, paraded in the town centre today.
A group of Muslim protesters, who were hemmed in by police as the parade marched past, waved placards with slogans including: "Anglian Soldiers: Butchers of Basra" and "Anglian Soldiers: cowards, killers, extremists."
Speaking on GMTV this morning, head of the protest group Anjem Choudary said:
"Definitely there will be a reaction to the people who condemn the British torture, humiliation and crimes which have been committed in Iraq. There is no doubt there is a very strong media machine out there, which is effectively covering up the crimes which the British and Americans have committed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay etc and usually it's only when organisations like ourselves expose those hideous crimes, there is a reaction like this.
"I believe that I have a responsibility to speak up...why is it when two soldiers are killed, there are people demonstrating in Ireland that are praised, but when thousands upon thousands are killed, then suddenly that's completely out of order. The problem is the general public are in blissful ignorance of what's taking place around the world. The reality is that if we'd had this demonstration at another time, when the parade was not taking place, there probably wouldn't have been the same coverage and I wouldn't be sitting here now."
The protests were today condemned by both Defence Secretary John Hutton and his Conservative counterpart Dr Liam Fox.
Mr Hutton said: "I want to pay tribute to the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment who have served their country with great bravery and professionalism.
"I can only condemn the tiny minority who used this opportunity to make, whatever their personal views, utterly ridiculous and insulting comments to these brave men and women."
Dr Fox added: "This is offensive, appalling and disgraceful.
"It is only because of the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces that these people live in a free society where they are able to make their sordid protests."
Ugly scenes erupted between a group of burqa-clad protesters and a Muslim man outside NSW State Parliament in Sydney today.
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