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Police fend off protesters at U.S. consulate in Pakistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 12:03 PM EDT, Sun September 16, 2012
Pakistani demonstrators beat an effigy of Florida pastor Terry Jones during a protest against an anti-Islam film in Lahore on Monday, September 24. More than 50 people have died around the world in violence linked to protests against the low-budget movie, which mocks Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, since the first demonstrations erupted on September 11. <a href='http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/world/photography/index.html'>See more of CNN's best photography</a>. Pakistani demonstrators beat an effigy of Florida pastor Terry Jones during a protest against an anti-Islam film in Lahore on Monday, September 24. More than 50 people have died around the world in violence linked to protests against the low-budget movie, which mocks Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, since the first demonstrations erupted on September 11. See more of CNN's best photography.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Some rocks hit the consulate building, a U.S. Embassy spokeswoman says
  • Some police fired water cannons
  • Video shows protesters running from baton-wielding officers
  • The consulate took safety measures

(CNN) -- Hundreds of protesters tried to make their way to the U.S. Consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Sunday but were pushed back by police.

Pakistani television showed protesters running from baton-wielding officers. Some demonstrators threw rocks at the officers; in some case, officers threw rocks back.

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Some police fired shots in the air and used water cannons, according to Haider Ali, a witness at the scene.

Sharfuddin Memon, spokesman for Sindh Province, said the protesters numbered in the hundreds. There were several clashes between police and protesters, leaving some demonstrators injured, Memon said.

Some protesters threw rocks and other objects that hit the consulate building, said Rian Harris, spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan. Some walls may have been damaged, she said.

The consulate took proper safety measures, Harris said.

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CNN's Reza Sayah in Islamabad contributed to this report.

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