On May 6, 2011, thousands of people rallied across the world including Pakistan on Friday in anger over the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US forces.
Hundreds of people rallied in Cairo on Friday in favour of dead Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. Soldiers stopped the protesters from advancing a block away from the embassy after they marched from a mosque controlled by the hardline Salafi sect. They shouted at diplomats inside the embassy saying, “leave, leave” and “lower the (American) flag.”
Two protesters unfurled a large banner with the leader’s picture above a caption saying “Bin Laden is a symbol of jihad” while a protest leader gave a speech denouncing the United States as a “tyrant.”
In London, protestors demonstrate on Friday outside the US Embassy against the recent killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by US military personnel. Women were carrying banners inscribed with ‘our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hellfire’ and ‘injustice has been done – Afghanistan war, 34,000 dead’.
In Istanbul, about 200 people gathered outside an Istanbul mosque after Friday prayers to protest the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US commandos in Pakistan. The demonstrators rallied at the Fatih mosque in central Istanbul at the call of a newspaper Milli Gazete and with support of the Islamist organization Ozgur-Der.
The mainly male protestors, with a small group of veiled women, brandished banners reading “Terrorist USA, warrior Osama” and chanted “God is great.”
The group also carried pictures of bin Laden and US soldiers stopping and searching veiled Iraqi women in the street.
Smaller-scale rallies also took place in other Asian countries.
In Indonesia’s Central Java province, about 100 people took an oath to declare themselves ready to die as martyrs to avenge bin Laden’s killing.
About 70 people in the Philippine capital Manila tried to march to the US embassy, following a rallying cry from cleric Sheikh Jamil Yahya condemning the US authorities as terrorists, but they were blocked by riot police.