The government of Pakistan officially declared today to be the “Day of Love” — love of Mohammed Pbuh, that is. The citizens of Peshawar showed their love by rioting, firing their guns, torching two cinemas, and engaging in other zany capers that form part of the rich tradition of Islamic culture.
The torched cinemas hadn’t shown the offensive Mohammed flick, but, hey — movies are movies, right? All of them are the work of Satan, anyway.
The Telegraph posted the raw news footage below that was shot in Peshawar today. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this clip:
Below are excerpts from the accompanying Telegraph article:
Pakistan Cinemas Torched on Day of Rage Against Anti-Islam Film
Protesters torched two cinemas in north-western Pakistan on Friday as clashes broke out in several cities at the start of a nationwide day of demonstrations at an anti-Muslim film.
Expat workers stayed at home, mobile phone signals were turned off and security forces sealed off roads leading to diplomatic missions and government offices in the capital Islamabad as the country went into lock-down. The demonstrations began even before Friday prayers, which usually mark the start of trouble. A crowd of several hundred angry demonstrators armed with clubs and bamboo sticks set fire to two cinemas in the conservative, northwestern city of Peshawar, police and witnesses said…
And from Reuters:
Pakistani Leaders Play Religious Card as Protests Boil
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) — Pakistan shut down Friday in a government-sanctioned protest over a film made in the United States that mocks the Prophet Mohammad, highlighting the power of religious parties to shape the political agenda. Protesters incensed by the film and inspired by influential Pakistani religious parties set fire to a motorway toll booth just outside the capital and a cinema in the north-western city of Peshawar in images broadcast live on television. Pakistan’s government, wary of widespread frustration over its failure to provide basic services, declared Friday a day of protest over the film in an apparent bid to exploit anger which has inspired violent protests in several Muslim countries…
Hat tip for the articles: JP.