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Angry activists burn Pope's effigy in Iraq

The demonstrators also said that Pope Benedict XVI should be tried in an international court.

india Updated: Sep 18, 2006 14:29 IST

Hundreds of angry Iraqis demonstrated in the southern port city of Basra against Pope Benedict XVI on Monday, burning an effigy of the pontiff and calling for an apology.

The protestors, followers of Ayatollah Mahmud al-Hassani, a mystic Shiite cleric who says he's in direct contact with Shiite religious figures, also burned German and American flags.

The crowd condemned remarks made by the Pope deemed to be insulting to Islam and call for him to be tried in an international court.

First Published: Sep 18, 2006 14:29 IST