11 May 2005 at 12:01:32 PM
Four protestors were killed with 50 wounded as thousands took to the streets to protest the United States interrogators actions at Guantanemo Bay.
Some 2,000 Afghan students protested in Jalalabad yesteday. Protesters burned an effigy of U.S. President George W. Bush over a brief report in "Newsweek" magazine that claimed that American interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had placed Korans on toilets in a bid to force confessions from suspects. In at least one case, the report said interrogators "flushed a holy book down the toilet."
|Afghan demonstrators in Jalalabad burning Bush in effigy, shouting Death to America|
University student and protester Ahmad Gul spoke to reporters in Jalalabad.
"We cannot tolerate this American act of abuse against the Koran, placing our holy book in a toilet. It is clear to the whole Muslim world that America is disrespecting our religion. We can't tolerate this anymore," Gul said.
RFE/RL's Afghan Service reports that the situation in Jalalabad has calmed, although several buildings are still burning.
Speaking at a Pentagon briefing yesterday, U.S. Defense Department spokesman Larry Di Rita did not answer a question from a reporter as to whether interrogators had flushed the Koran down a toilet.
Students are reportedly demanding the release of all prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, and that U.S. troops do not stay too long in Afghanistan.
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