50 Indonesian students clashed with police outside the US embassy in Jakarta today, with officers firing tear gas and water cannons. Activists hurled Molotov cocktails in response and burned tires.
Several students first stomped and then burned an American flag. A protester screamed out, "We will destroy America like this flag. We will chase away the American ambassador from the country."
They carried banners reading "death to the filmmaker" and "America is a terrorist that threatens world peace."
One protester told the crowd, “We condemn the film that insults the Prophet Muhammad, and which is hurtful to Muslims around the world. Crush America,” which prompted a chorus of “Allahu akbar! [God is great]” in response.
protest is part of a larger action in which between 500-1,000 protesters were involved (depending on the media).
to Jakarta Police Chief, Maj. Gen. Untung Rajad, eleven police officers were hospitalized after being pelted with rocks and attacked with bamboo sticks. Four protesters have been arrested and at least one has been hospitalized.
Despite Google announcing that it will block the video on YouTube in Indonesia, it seems the video was still available online on Monday, according to a spokesperson for the Indonesian Communications and Information Ministry.
A spokesperson for the Indonesia Government, Gatot Dewa Broto told AFP
, “We understand that it takes time for Google to block everything as people continue to upload those sensitive videos. We appreciate Google’s cooperation."