by Isi Esene
Thousands of Muslims marched in Zaria, Kaduna State today in protest against the amateur movie said to have been produced to disrespect the Holy Prophet Mohammed. The protesters reportedly displayed placards and banners and burnt US and Israeli flags on the streets of the city.
The protesters who gathered under the auspices of the pro-Iranian Shiite group, Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), called for the for the prosecution of the film producers.
During the march, the protesters chanted “Death to America” and distributed leaflets denouncing the movie.
The leaflets distributed by the organisers of the march read: “The film, apart from outward mockery on tenets and beliefs of Islam, presented Prophet Mohammed in a display of an unspeakable immoral manner and personality.”
There was a heavy presence of armed policemen to keep away elements that might want to use the opportunity to forment violence.
Last week, Muslims in the central city of Jos as well as the northern cities of Katsina and Sokoto poured into the streets in protest against the movie without any incident, although soldiers dispersed the protesters in Jos.
There have been several protests in many Arab countries against a movie allegedly produced by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula which portrayed the Holy Prophet Mohammed in bad light.