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Facilities Close in Indonesia

indonesians protest anti-islam film, cartoons

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, U.S. Consular Agency in Bali and two other facilities were closed Friday, officials said in a news statement. There were protests in Indonesia last week.

About 100 demonstrators gathered last Tuesday near a U.S. diplomatic facility in Medan, Indonesia, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta said.

German Embassy to Close in Sudan

The German Embassy in Sudan's capital city of Khartoum was closed Friday due to protests over the cartoon published in French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

"Security measures have been tightened at other diplomatic missions abroad," Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said.

Tunisia Bans Demos

seeking to avoid a repeat of what happened one week earlier, Tunisia's Interior Ministry banned all demonstrations Friday, the state-run Tunisian News Agency (TAP) reported, citing a statement from the


The report said the protest ban was "in accordance with the provisions of the state of emergency" that has been in place since the ouster January of its longtime president, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.

Presidential spokesman Adnene Mansar denounced Charlie Hebdo's publication of the cartoons as a "deliberate insult."

According to a TAP report, Mansar said, "We should not fall in the trap of provocation; we should rather denounce these acts by peaceful means."

By Sadroddin Musawi

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