Students protesting anti-Islam film enter Islamabad's security zone
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
ISLAMABAD, Sept. 20, IRNA -- Thousands of Pakistani students protesting against the U.S.-made anti-Islam film on Thursday crossed police barriers and tried to enter the US Embassy in the high security zone in the Pakistan capital and clashed with the police.
According to the correspondent of IRNA nearly 25 demonstrators were injured as the police fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells at the protesters near the high security diplomatic zone.
The angry protesters burnt two police posts, one near a five-star hotel and the other near the diplomatic enclave.
The angry students defying the police shelling succeeded in entering the parliamentary lodges.
Majlis-e-Wahdat-Muslimeen (MWM) also participated in the protest. Army helicopter hovered throughout the protests.
Troops were also called to secure the diplomatic enclave in the Pakistani capital where hundreds of students, activists of religious and political groups, protesting against the anti-Islam movie, clashed with the riot police.
The U.S. embassy is also located in the diplomatic enclave and the demonstrators wanted to march towards the American diplomatic mission.
The injured were transferred to a nearby hospital and health officials confirmed 25 injured were admitted to the main Poly Clinic Hospital.
Several thousands of demonstrators including students, political, religious activists and traders took out procession on the main road leading to sensitive areas including embassies, president, prime minister house, foreign ministry and the supreme court building.
The police failed to control the situation despite firing in the air, using tear gas shells and batons to disperse them. The government also called up Frontier Constabulary, a tribal militia force, which mainly deployed outside the diplomatic missions in Islamabad.
The Interior Ministry sought deployment of troops as the police and other forces were unable to push the demonstrators away from the high security diplomatic zone, local media reported.
The demonstrators also removed the containers placed on the route leading to the diplomatic enclave, witnesses said.
Hundreds of other protesters belonging to different school of thoughts also joined the students. Traders and activists of religious and political groups also arrived to join the demonstrators.
At least eight students were injured in police shelling, representatives of the students said. Police officials said that several policemen were also injured after the angry protesters pelted stone at the police.
Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1028072
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