Posted: Sep 21, 2012 9:06 PM by Jennifer Horbelt
Updated: Sep 21, 2012 9:14 PM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - There have been violent demonstrations and clashes between protesters and police in cities across Pakistan today.
It's a day that Pakistan's government had declared as a holiday, to allow for what officials said should be peaceful protests over the anti-Islamic film produced in the United States that has led to Muslim anger and violence around the world.
In Karachi, police say armed demonstrators in a crowd of 15,000 fired on police, and burned two movie theaters and a bank. Twelve people were killed in Karachi, and at least 19 in Pakistan overall.
U.S. diplomats had earlier tried to reduce the anger in Pakistan by paying for ads on Pakistani TV that showed President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton denouncing the film.
Muslims also marched today in at least a half-dozen other countries to protest the film.