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Supporters rally for bin Laden

Friday, May 06, 2011 - 02:09

May 6 - Osama bin Laden supporters in Pakistan, the Philippines and Indonesia take to the streets to express their anger at the killing of the al Qaeda leader by U.S. special forces. Nick Rowlands reports.

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Residents of the Pakistani town of Abbottabad take to the streets after Friday prayers to protest the killing of Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden was killed here by US special forces in a helicopter raid on Monday. Local politicians are furious about the operation. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MOHAMMAD IBRAHIM KHAN, JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI SENATOR: "The 2nd May incident which took place in Abbottabad - Obama declared he has killed Osama bin Laden in this operation. This was a clear violation of international law." Protesters direct their anger at America. Similar demonstrations, mainly involving members of Pakistan's largest Islamist political party, took place across the country, including in the northern city of Peshawar. Meanwhile in the Philippines, Muslims angry at bin Laden's death clash with riot police in the capital Manila after Friday prayers. A cleric leading the demonstration says he's not sure bin Laden is dead. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MUSLIM CLERIC, SHEIKH JAMIL YAHIYA: "We are not convinced that bin Laden has been killed by the Americans, because we have not seen the body after killing him. And the American claims that they've thrown him into the sea at the burial, which is also against our religion." The secretary general of a Muslim civil society group warns that the hardline US stance towards Muslims will lead to more bloodshed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SECRETARY GENERAL OF MARADEKA (MUSLIM CIVIL SOCIETY GROUP), NASH PANGADAPUN: "Decades of aggression and decades of oppression against the Muslims is not good, because violence begets violence. Force will meet force in the end." In Indonesia's Java province, these young men vow to avenge bin Laden's death. They are among the Isamists that have hailed bin Laden as a martyr, showing the continued militancy of some Southeast Asian groups. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Supporters rally for bin Laden

Friday, May 06, 2011 - 02:09