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Thousands of Turks Protest Cartoons, Pelt French Consulate with Eggs

February 12, 2006 - Posted at 1:06 p.m. CST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ Protesters shouting for ``blood'' and

``vengeance'' have targeted the French consulate in Istanbul,

Turkey, as demonstrations continue over cartoons depicting the

Prophet Muhammad.

Some 150 ultra-nationalist Turks pelted the door of the

consulate with eggs and tried to break into the building.

Meanwhile, thousands of demonstrators rallied outside an

Istanbul mosque to condemn the drawings, which first appeared in a

Danish newspaper. The crowd shouted ``Down with Israel, America and

Denmark,'' and waved banners calling for a boycott of Danish goods.

Other protests were held elsewhere in Turkey, and riot police

stood by during a demonstration outside the embassy in Ankara.

Denmark has been sending warnings to its citizens as the

controversy simmers across the Muslim world. In the latest move,

officials are urging Danish citizens to leave Indonesia, saying it

had information that Danes were at risk in the world's most

populous Muslim nation.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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