US shuts Indonesia missions; more protests planned



A Muslim man waves a red and white Indonesian flag as he and his fellow protesters are engulfed in white smoke of tear gas fired by riot police officers during a protest against American-made film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ that ridicules Islam and depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a madman, outside the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday. AP

JAKARTA, Indonesia—The US has closed its diplomatic missions in Indonesia ahead of expected continuing protests over an anti-Islam film.

The American Embassy in Jakarta and consulate offices in Surabaya, Medan and Bali were closed Friday. The US Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations also was shut.

Water cannons were deployed and spools of razor wire were rolled out in front of the embassy.

The embassy website warned that demonstrations could also focus on US businesses, especially fast food restaurants.

Large protests often follow Friday prayers in Indonesia. On Monday, a demonstration at the embassy turned violent when protesters hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails.

Muslims worldwide have been enraged over the American-produced film “Innocence of Muslims,” which denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.

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  • sl1

    I just don’t understand why we have to blame America when things like these happened. Why don’t we look for the real culprit by asking the American government for help? Lots of innocent civilians will be hurts and affected by this kind of action.I don’t think american gov’t sanction this
    movie…but we as people are easily carried away by our emotions and blame someone connected with America. Let us all be sensible and act the right way, the mistake of the few should not be blamed to all.

    • divictes

      And the funny thing is, the the culprit is an Egyptian___an Arab.

      • Juan_Sipag08

        You are correct they just make an scapegoat,  I suspect kagagawan din nila yan, so that their actions will be justified.

  • divictes

    The Americans has given them an squadron of F16s; just pray a crazed pilot does not use one to bomb their mission.

  • xuanxuen

    this isnt a real protest – when it targets an entire nation instead of the person or group of persons accountable for the film…

  • Juan_Sipag08

    Did these muslim brother’s who participated in protest and killing people who are not accountable of making the film really understand what they had read in Koran?

    I wonder who are better,  the Christian teaching Love thy Enemies or Muslims Kill you Enemies,

  • Dell Keyboard

    Bakit ang Saudi Arabia tahimik lang?

  • rowelcasipong

    america test all nations worldwide who really allies and whos not.because america is an anti-muslim terrorist,sa pinas tahimik ang mga kapatid natin na mga muslim kc may project doon mula sa america donation,salamat naman marunong na ring tumanaw nang utang na lood ang ating kapatid na mga muslim.

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