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Pakistan: protestors shatter cathedral windows, shoot at nun’s car

September 21, 2012

Angered by the YouTube video critical of Muhammad, 8,000 protestors took to the streets of the southeastern Pakistani city of Hyderabad on September 16. Some protestors threw stones at the Catholic cathedral, shattering windows. As a nun’s car attempted to enter the cathedral complex, shots were fired, injuring the nun’s driver in the leg.

On September 17, protestors attempted to attack a Catholic hospital but were rebuffed.

“A large group of young Christians and Muslims prevented this from happening, defending the hospital,” said James Francis, the lay administrator of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “Many citizens defended us, preventing it from being violated and pillaged. The situation is now under control, thanks to the responsibility of the police and institutions.”


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  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Sep. 23, 2012 5:33 PM ET USA

    I am encouraged that some of the Muslim citizens are actively opposing the violence in some places and even risking themselves to stand up effectively to the violent men. That is the bright side of this.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Sep. 22, 2012 7:53 PM ET USA

    I am sorry. I cannot accept the notion that it has anything to do with the video. The fact is that many young Muslims living in poverty with little chance of advancement are seeing the freedoms which others enjoy are being told that it is the evil of the rest of the world that is responsible for their plight. I think that we need to shake the dust of these towns off of our sandals and move on.