Indonesians rally against possible war on Iraq

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  • Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 13:08:36 -0000

JAKARTA: About 100 Indonesian Muslims rallied today outside the
embassies of the United States and Middle Eastern countries to protest
any war with Iraq. 

Protesters from the Hizbut Tahrir (Party of Liberation) Islamic
organisation hoisted banners condemning US plans for military action
against Iraq, which it accuses of developing weapons of mass
destruction. 

"We condemn any attack by America on Iraq. War against a Muslim country
is equal to war against the whole Muslim world," party spokesman
Muhammad Ismail Yusanto said. 

Protesters earlier today rallied outside the Iranian embassy to ask
Tehran to oppose any attack, continuing on to the US embassy before
heading on to the missions of Yemen, Libya and Kuwait. 

"We will call on those Arab countries not to support a US war on Iraq.
It is only possible for the US to attack Iraq if those countries provide
facilities," Yusanto said. 

He said the group would stage another rally at the Saudi Arabian embassy
tomorrow. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has said
it considers any unilateral action against Iraq unacceptable, though it
supports the presence of UN weapons inspectors in Iraq.

Source:  AFP

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