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Published On: Sat, Sep 22nd, 2012

Pakistan protests turn violent leaving nearly 2 dozen dead, scores wounded

Atleast 20 people were killed and more than 100 were injured in Pakistan on Friday, authorities said, during protests on a government-declared holiday intended to encourage peaceful rallies against an incendiary YouTube video.

Police manhandle Pakistan protesters screenshot of Washington Post video http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/pakistan-protests-turn-violent-early/2012/09/21/119b8456-03c8-11e2-91e7-2962c74e7738_story.html

Still citing the Muhammad video on YouTube, the protests became riots in Karachi, where Saghir Ahmed, health minister for Sindh province, said 14 people died, including two policemen shot by rioters.

At least 80 people were wounded, Roshan Ali Shaikh, the city’s police commissioner, said.

Peshawar, rescue workers and other officials said six people were killed, including a policeman and member of a television crew, in rampages that also left about 60 people wounded. Television journalists on the scene said police opened fire with live rounds as mobs torched two movie houses.

Al Jazeera confirms crowds armed with clubs and bamboo poles converged on the Firdaus picture house, “smashing it up and setting furniture ablaze”, according to Gohar Ali, a police officer.

Witnesses said a separate rampaging crowd stormed the Shama cinema, notorious locally for showing films considered to be pornographic.

This is the link to an onsite video by an Al Jazeera video: http://aje.me/QpGNnC

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