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Anti-film protestors target U.S. consulate in Chennai

Petlee Peter
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Agitators damage doors, glass panels of security chamber

Mission targetted:Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam activists clash with the police outside the U. S. Consulate in Chennai on Friday during a protest against anti-Islam film.- Photo: PTI
Mission targetted:Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam activists clash with the police outside the U. S. Consulate in Chennai on Friday during a protest against anti-Islam film.- Photo: PTI

A protest against the controversial American film Innocence of Muslims turned violent on Friday, when the US Consulate General on Anna Salai here was attacked by hundreds of protestors, who breached the police security cordon with ease.

A crowd of 1,500 people from the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam and a few other Muslim outfits targeted the mission, which was pelted with stones by protestors, who also burnt the American flag and pictures of US President Barack Obama and damaged CCTV cameras, a police booth and instruction boards for visitors before police could disperse them.

In a pre-announced agitation around 4.30 p.m., a large group marched from outside New College in Royapettah towards the Consulate. Consulate security personnel shut the doors to bar their entry. Iron railings and paintings on the building’s compound wall were ruined.

A small group tried to scale the consulate’s wall on Cathedral Road and damaged the doors and glass panels of the security chamber.

A large posse of police led by Additional Commissioner of Police, L & O (in-charge) Sanjay Arora reached the spot and cleared the agitators at 5.30 p.m.


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