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USA to Close Embassy, Consulates Amid Protests

Posted by yourpakistan on March 17, 2011


By AFP

The US embassy in Islamabad will close its doors and shut its consulates in Pakistan on Friday because of protests after the release of a CIA contractor accused of double murder.

Small demonstrations broke out across the country after AmericanRaymond Davis, who shot dead two men in a busy Lahore street in January, was set free Wednesday after paying $2 million in blood money to the families of the dead.

“The US embassy and consulates will be closed for routine business tomorrow,” embassy spokesman Alberto Rodriguez said on Thursday. The decision was made “for public safety at large because there may be demonstrations tomorrow”.

The biggest protest following Davis’ release was in Lahore, where some 800 students rallied at Punjab University campus chanting anti-US slogans such as “Death to America”.

 

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