Police say 400 people have protested peacefully outside the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok against an anti-Islam video produced in the United States that has sparked demonstrations in many Muslim countries.
About 700 police were on hand Tuesday to maintain order for the demonstration, organized by a group called the International Al Quds Federation of Thailand. The group had called for a peaceful protest on its Facebook page.
So if these folks had a reputation for being so peaceful, why an army of police on hand? This isn’t explained. In the meantime, a leader of the protest offered this peaceful reminder:
A protest leader, Sa-id Sulaiman Husseini, said the world could become a “sea of fire” if the American government does not stop the distribution of the film.
Oh, OK. He obviously has no idea the government isn’t the one “distributing” the video.
Meanwhile, in Obama’s former homeland of Indonesia they torched American flags and tires.
About 200 protesters torched an American flag and tires Tuesday outside the U.S. Consulate in the country’s third largest city of Medan. Some unfurled banners saying, “Go to hell America” and demanded Washington punish the makers of the film.
About 100 students protesting in Makassar city called for the death penalty for filmmaker Nakoula Bassely Nakoula. American leaders have widely denounced his message, but U.S. free-speech rights mean his film is not considered a crime there.
One bit of advice for the flag and tire burners: Breathe deep.