Comments: US shuts Indonesia consulate amid protests
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Sept. 19, Online
The US has temporarily closed its consulate in Indonesia’s third-largest city due to ongoing protests over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States.
About 300 members of the pan-Islamic movement Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia rallied on Wednesday morning in front of the consulate in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province. Later, about 50 Muslim students also protested there. Both groups called on Washington to punish the makers of the film, Innocence of Muslims.
It was the third consecutive day of protests in Medan.
I am an American that spent five weeks in Indonesia last year. I felt very safe there and made many friends during my stay. I would like to come back to visit my friends, but I am scared to do so now. Sad that things have come to this point.
Manuel (and others) — There is no reason to be fearful of visiting Indonesia. The protests are peaceful and being carried out by a very small group. The country is pretty much the same as usual. I live here and have not been affected by any protests.
It is sad to see how much hatred a relatively few intolerant people around the world can inflame. Those who made the movie love to provoke and those demonstrating love to let themselves be provoked.
Demonstrators should know that the US has nothing to do with the movie and that it’s not against the law to express one’s opinion and criticize religions in the West.
It is disgusting to see the picture of the fat man burning the American flag.
The US has nothing to do with that movie. Did other countries also burn the Indonesian flag after the bomb blasts in 2002, 2004 etc. etc.?