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PAKISTAN BREAKS RECORD FOR MOST PEOPLE KILLED IN EMBASSY RIOTS
September 22 2012
Islamabad, Pakistan – One could be forgiven if, given the small nature of the initial embassy riots in Libya and Egypt, that the whole thing could have been dismissed not really a big deal at all, something that would start and then fade away almost as quickly. Clearly, that has not happened.
With riots in just about every country that boasts a Muslim majority, the riots have clearly spiralled out of control and well beyond anything that anyone could have anticipated. That has also resulted in a number of deaths well beyond those American diplomats who died in the initial assault in Libya.
Protests of varying sizes have erupted across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia and have finally started to hit some of the more populous and apparently angry nations. In particular, they have hit Pakistan and now that country has at least 20 of their own people dead or dying because the protestors are just so angry they have to kill something, someone, anyone even if they don’t really know what they are angry about anymore. At least, though, Pakistanis can claim the current record for deaths.
“Despite the fact that the American president has said that they have got nothing to do with it, the people here are very angry. The people want the government to be able to launch a protest, and they are saying they will not go home unless they get to the US embassy,” said Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder.
That death total also exceeds the number killed in the United States this year over the release of the latest Batman film.
It’s believed that total is also higher than all of the other countries combined meaning they have a lot of work to do if they want the record, and to really show their rage over whatever.
“It’s really remarkable that this has taken off the way it has. I mean it’s become this huge big thing with people being killed all over the place and there apparently being no real end to it now or even in the long term. It just goes on and on and on and people are dying like crazy. Remarkable really,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “I mean it’s all over a silly and very bad movie as well but I guess you never can predict hits like these. Have to wonder how soon it will be before some comes up with a sequel or a reboot.”
The original film has also inspired death threats directed at the makers which could inhibit interest in a follow-up.
“I mean this is probably the most popular film of its type ever created and sure lots of people have died but clearly those were not people that valued their lives or the lives of others very highly. I mean if they did they wouldn’t engage in violent protests over something like this so it’s really kind of hard to feel sorry for them overall,” continued Martinez. “I would imagine that in Pakistan as well things are only going to get more energetic. There seems to be no shortage of wackos in that country who are willing to die or be killed for things that don’t really matter all that much. That should push their total even higher and possibly out of reach forever.”
Pakistani officials are, in theory, trying to curb the violence which could decrease the eventual count.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent