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Abuse Of The Qur'an Sparks Riot

By Carolyn E. Price     Mar 27, 2007 in World
A French employee at a natural gas liquification plant in Yemen. allegedly threw a copy of the Islamic holy book the Qur'an on the ground, an action that sparked a riot amongst the Muslim workers at the plant.
Hundreds of Muslim workers went on a rampage and destroyed property and homes that belonged to foreign engineers at a giant gas-exporting project in southeastern Yemen. They were outraged by an alleged desecration of the Qur'an by a French engineer.
Witnesses said workers at Balhaf port set a helicopter and nine cars on fire after learning that a Frenchman threw a copy of the Qur'an on the ground. The port is about 580 km southeast of the capital of Yemen, Sanaa.
A security officer at the scene said police forces managed to disperse the rioting workers by firing shots into the air. “He is reporting that the tense situation is under now under control and it appears that three workers were injured. Security forces were able to evacuate the foreign workers to safety, however, there is a report that one French man was injured in the battles.
Government officials in Sanaa said an ad hoc panel headed by the Shabwa governor and the province’s security chief would investigate claims by the workers that a French engineer kicked and tore the Qur’an apart.
Yemen is looking to exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative to its dwindling oil reserves and sees the $3.7 billion Balhaf project as key to achieving that.
I'm not sure that a riot is the appropriate reaction to the Frenchman's alleged desecration..
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