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NightWatch 20120916

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For the night of 16 September 2012

Pakistan: Hundreds of Pakistanis clashed with police as they tried to march toward the US Consulate in the southern city of Karachi. Police fired tear gas and water cannon at the demonstrators. Karachi police chief Iqbal Mehmood said the clashes left eight people injured. The rally was organized by a Shi'ite Muslim religious group.

In Lahore, about 5,000 people protested. Peaceful demonstrations were held in several other cities in Pakistan, where the protest actions were generally small.

Pakistan-US: The State Department has issued a notice on a web page that all public US Embassy functions in Islamabad will be closed on Monday, 17 September, and temporarily suspended thereafter because of the potential for demonstrations.

Comment: The attack on the US Consulate in Karachi is significant because Shiites staged it, rather than Sunnis. Outrage against the US is something on which all Muslims can agree, evidently.

The total of four US diplomatic installations breached in less than a week is unprecedented in the past 40 years, at least.

Afghanistan: Multiple small scale anti-American demonstrations occurred in Kabul on Sunday. No deaths or injuries have been reported during this Watch.

Comment: The news travels more slowly into and within Afghanistan, so delayed reactions should be expected. Non-Muslims should be warned and on alert.

Turkey: A small group of activists burned an American flag outside the US Embassy in Ankara on Sunday.

End of NightWatch for 16 September.

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