U.S. closes consulate in Indonesia amid protests

Posted on September 19, 2012

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Organización Editorial Mexicana
September 19, 2012

AP

Medan, Indonesia. – United States temporarily closed its consulate in Indonesia’s third largest city after protests taking place these days in the wake of the U.S. film showing ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad.

About 300 members of the pan-Islamic movement Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia protested on Wednesday morning outside the consulate in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province. Soon after, about 50 Muslim students also staged a protest. Both groups urged Washington to punish the makers of the film “Innocence of Muslims”.

It was the third straight day of protests in Medan.

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, sent a text message to U.S. citizens, warning that the consulate had temporarily closed because of the protests.

Wednesday’s protests were peaceful outside the consulate.

On Monday, the demonstrators threw stones and Molotov cocktails outside the headquarters of the embassy in Jakarta.

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