Deaths as anti-war protests spread
SANA'A Yemen - CNN - 21 March: Four people were shot dead and dozens more were injured Friday as police clashed with demonstrators trying to storm the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, witnesses told CNN,on a second day of worldwide protests against the war in Iraq.
Police began shooting after tear gas failed to disperse a crowd of about 2,000 people who gathered at the embassy in the capital San'a after Friday prayers.
Meanwhile in Cairo, Egypt, Muslims hurled rocks and furniture at riot police from the roof of the historic al-Azhar mosque after Friday prayers.
As tens of thousands of protesters headed for the Arab League headquarters and the U.S. Embassy, vowing to burn it down and kick out the ambassador, police turned water cannon on the crowds.
Plainclothes police carrying batons were seen beating several protesters. The Associated Press reported that more than 30 protesters and police were injured.
Demonstrators, including women and children, accused Arab governments of "cowardice" for not taking a stand against the war.
In Amman, Jordan, police used tear gas against more than 10,000 people demonstrating against the war in a rally led by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Thousands of Palestinians also demonstrated across the West Bank and Gaza in support of Iraq, waving Iraqi flags, holding pictures of Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat and calling on the Iraqi president to "burn Tel Aviv."
Friday's protests followed unrest across the world on Thursday, including the United States, where more than 1,500 people were arrested from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. (Full story)
In Srinagar, the summer capital of India's northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, protesters shouted anti-U.S. slogans and pelted stones at passing cars. Police were forced to use batons and tear gas to disperse crowds.
Thousands of Muslims in eastern Malaysia burned American and British flags and effigies of the two countries' leaders.
In Bangladesh, thousands marched through the streets of Dhaka, shouting slogans like: "Bush is a war criminal."
In Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim nation, demonstrators threw eggs and vegetables at the British Embassy in the capital, Jakarta.
In Pakistan, the nation's religious right called for peaceful protests against the war but withdrew demands for a nationwide strike, saying it would hurt ordinary Pakistanis.
Labor unions in Greece declared a four-hour strike Friday while in Germany, police broke up a sit-down protest outside the U.S. military's European Command in Stuttgart.
In Melbourne, Australia, about 5,000 protesters marched Friday to the sound of mock air raid sirens. In Japan, at least 11,000 people marched amid calls for boycotts of U.S. brands including Nike, IBM and Starbucks.