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Thousands in Turkey protest Quran burning

HDN | 9/20/2010 12:00:00 AM | ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires

Thousands of people in Turkey protested a United States church’s plan to burn copies of the Quran Sunday, news agencies have reported.

Thousands of people in Turkey protested a United States church’s plan to burn copies of the Quran Sunday, news agencies have reported.

Some 30,000 people took to the streets in Southeast Turkey Sunday to protest the plans – canceled days ago – of a U.S. church to burn copies of the Quran, reported Agence France-Presse. The crowd gathered in Diyarbakır, the largest, mainly Kurdish city in Turkey’s southeast, brandishing copies of the book and chanting slogans against the U.S. and Israel.

"We will sacrifice our soul and blood for the Quran," the demonstrators chanted.

"Zionists and Crusaders are hand-in-hand. Where are the Muslims?" one banner read.

The crowd dispersed after burning U.S. and Israeli flags.

Private television station NTV reported that some 200 people staged a similar protest in Istanbul.

An evangelical Florida pastor triggered international outrage earlier this month after he threatened to burn a pile of Qurans to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. He then dropped the plan. But a man burned pages from the holy book outside a planned mosque near New York's Ground Zero last weekend, the AP reported. A burnt Quran was also found at the entrance of a mosque in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Muslims consider the Quran sacred, and any show of disrespect to the book is deeply offensive.

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