More Than 10,000 Pakistanis Protest Bush's Arrival
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Anti-U.S. protests erupted in several Pakistani cities Friday, with crowds burning American flags, chanting "Death to Bush" and scuffling with police shortly before the U.S. president was to arrive for a two-day visit.
Other Pakistanis demonstrated against cartoons of Prophet Muhammad as radical Islamic groups called a strike that shut shops and businesses some towns.
The government promised ironclad security for Bush's visit, with one official saying hundreds of army commandos and paramilitary troops would be patrolling the capital.
"We have made foolproof arrangements for the safe stay of President Bush and we do not think there will be any problem," said Brig. Javed Iqbal Cheema, a senior Interior Ministry official who also coordinates with U.S. authorities on counterterrorism issues.
Police in the southern city of Karachi used tear gas and clubs to stop about 1,000 people from marching on the U.S. Consulate, witnesses said.
The stone-throwing crowd came within 200 yards of the building, which was the target of a suicide bomb attack Thursday that killed an American diplomat and three others. The protesters burned U.S. flags and chanted, "Pakistani nation wants head of Bush!"
Comment: the remarkable thing about this item of news is that this is the same Pakistan where, just recently, a powerful earthquake happened with disastrous results. Immediately, the USA rushed to help with millions of dollars, tons of food items and large amounts of needed equipments, personnel, and medical supplies. No other country, including the super rich Muslim petrodollar Arab states, who are brothers in Islam, did anything near that. Now, it is back to "Death to America" and burning of the American flag!
Amazing how quickly Pakistanis forget.