(AFP) – Apr 5, 2008
TEHRAN (AFP) — Dozens of Islamist students demonstrated on Saturday outside the Netherlands embassy in the Iranian capital in protest at an anti-Islamic film made by a Dutch MP.
The protesters hurled eggs at the building, demanding that the "embassy be shut down" and calling for the expulsion of the Dutch ambassador from the Islamic republic.
Around 40 Islamist students who took part in the protest called for the closure of operations in Iran of the multinational oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, while chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Israel."
More than 100 policemen surrounded the embassy as the students slammed the Dutch authorities for their "failure" to stop far-right MP Geert Wilders from posting the film last month on the Internet.
The 17-minute-long film "Fitna" features shocking imagery of the attacks on New York in 2001 and Madrid in 2004 combined with quotes from the Koran, Islam's holy book, and has sparked outrage in some Muslim countries.
A prominent conservative Iranian cleric on Friday said Israel was behind the film. "Behind these satanic acts can be found the oppressive powers and the Zionist regime," Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said at weekly prayers.
Last week, Iran summoned Dutch ambassador Radinck van Vollenhoven to protest about the film.
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