More madness. “Twelve dead in Kashmir, Christian school torched,” by Izhar Wani for AFP, September 13 (thanks to Maxwell):
SRINAGAR, India (AFP) – Indian police shot dead 12 people in Kashmir on Monday as stone-throwing protesters defied curfews and torched a Christian school in a surge of anger stoked by the desecration of the Koran.
The death toll was the highest for a single day since a wave of anti-India demonstrations began three months ago, with 83 civilians now killed in unrest in the disputed Muslim-majority region. One policeman was also killed Monday….
Some of Monday’s worst violence was reported in Tangmarg village, 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the region’s main town of Srinagar, where a crowd chanted anti-US and pro-Islam slogans before burning down a missionary school.
No one was injured in the fire at Tyndale Biscoe School, but five civilians were killed when security forces opened fire on the crowd as it attempted to set fire to government buildings and a police station.
Thousands of Muslims defied curfew orders overnight and on Monday to hold protests across the Himalayan region, many shouting “Death to the US!” and “Death to Koran desecrators!”, according to local residents.
Simmering anger in Kashmir was fanned by reports on Iran’s state-run Press TV that a group of Christians had torn pages from the Koran in a demonstration outside the White House on Saturday, the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States.
“We strongly condemn those involved in setting ablaze the missionary school,” said hardline Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Geelani, who has orchestrated the anti-Indian demonstrations.
“I urge the Muslims to protect the members of minority community and their religious places. We should at any cost maintain the age-old communal harmony and brotherhood for which Kashmir is known the world over,” he said.
The US ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer, said he was “dismayed” to see the reports of violence and repeated President Barack Obama’s condemnation of the Koran-ripping….
He should have condemned the people who perpetrate these irrational acts of violence against innocent people.