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Indonesians torch U.S. flag in protest in Medan

5:46 AM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
Indonesian protesters hurl rocks during a protest against a low-budget film insulting to Muslims outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta on September 17, 2012. (ADEK BERRY/AFP/GettyImages)
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MEDAN, Indonesia -- Indonesians continue to protest an anti-Islam film, torching an American flag and tires outside the U.S. Consulate in the country's third largest city of Medan.

About 200 people from various Islamic groups gathered Tuesday. Some unfurled banners saying, "Go to Hell America," while others trampled on dozens of paper flags in North Sumatra's provincial capital.

They demanded that Washington punish those involved in the privately produced American-made film "Innocence of Muslims," which ridicules Islam and depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a pedophile.

On Monday, violence erupted outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta when hundreds of protesters mostly from hardliner Islamic groups gathered. Some hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails in the first violent demonstrations over the film in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

Heavy security for prophet film protest in Bangkok

More than 700 police will be on guard at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok as protests against an anti-Islam film produced in the United States spread to Thailand.

The U.S. Embassy says it plans to close at midday Tuesday ahead of the protests planned to start shortly afterward.

Embassy spokesman Walter Braunohler says Thai police have told the embassy to expect "a large number of demonstrators." He says the embassy is unaware of any threat to Americans but U.S. citizens should exercise caution.

Bangkok's police commissioner says security will include hundreds of anti-riot police and plainclothes officers.

The Muslim group organizing the protest, the International Al Quds Federation of Thailand, called for a peaceful protest on its Facebook page.

(Associated Press)

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