[R-G] Huge demos across the world
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Sat Oct 13 13:04:17 MDT 2001
Reuters. 13 October 2001. Anti-American Riots Rock Nigeria, Protest
KANO, Nigeria -- At least 16 people were killed in Nigeria in
anti-American riots on Saturday and thousands of demonstrators joined
peace marches in London and Berlin.
Nigerian authorities ordered police to shoot on sight and clamped a
night curfew on Kano, the biggest city in the mainly Muslim north, after
some of the most violent anti-American protests in Africa since U.S.
air strikes on Afghanistan began.
Army tanks criss-crossed the streets to quell riots which followed a
pattern of Muslim-Christian clashes that have killed thousands in
oil-producing Nigeria over the past two years.
"There is rampant shooting in the streets," said resident Jibrin Idris,
who said he was trapped in a building with scores of people in the
city's commercial district.
"Churches, mosques and shops are on fire. There is smoke everywhere," he
said by telephone.
In London, Muslims and Christians marched side by side in a protest
against the bombing of Afghanistan that attracted more than 20,000
people, according to police estimates.
"We're here because there are thousands of people across Britain who
know that the bombing of Afghanistan is not going to put an end to
terrorism," said Carol Naughton, chairman of the protest organizers, the
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).
Germany also saw its biggest protest so far against the air strikes,
launched a week ago in retaliation for the attacks on the United States
last month that killed around 5,500 people.
Protest organizers said some 30,000 people turned out in Berlin.
Protesters came from some 140 different groups, including from far-left
"The horror of World War Two makes all of us in Germany leery of war,"
said physician Hannes Wand, 54, at the rally held under blue skies and
unusually warm autumn weather.
"I'm against this war because it's not justified and innocent people are
being killed and forced to flee their homes."
In Berlin, there were minor scuffles with police as protesters marched
through the central government quarter and past the Brandenburg Gate,
foreign ministry and city hall.
Banners read: "War is genocide," "War is not the solution" and "Stop
Bush's war." Singers performed anti-war folk songs of the 1960s from the
backs of flat-bed trucks.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder criticized the peace rally.
Police said an estimated 5,000 people protested in the Swiss capital
Berne, and about 4,000 in the southwest German city of Stuttgart.
Smaller protests were held in other parts of the non-Islamic world,
In Nigeria, the army moved tanks into Kano's Sabon Gari market area
early on Saturday after Christian churches and mosques were set on fire
in rioting on Friday.
Community leaders said rioters killed at least six female school
students on their way to take university entrance exams.
Police said they found another two bodies in the street, one hacked by a
machete, and a witness said he was seeking refuge in a police station
when eight more bodies were brought in.
Mike Idika, a leader of the predominantly Christian Igbo community,
which accounts for most of city's merchants, said more than 200 people
were injured and sent to hospital.
Local residents said the protests were hijacked by hoodlums from the
city's army of unemployed youth, who chanted "May God destroy America!"
and "Americans are terrorists."
Brandishing posters of bin Laden, they burned American flags and
effigies of President Bush and Nigerian Foreign Minister Sule Lamido,
who has backed the U.S. attacks.
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