Chennai is dealing with a second day of protests against the United States over a film that Muslims say insults the Prophet Mohammad, following an attack on the U.S. consulate on Friday that prompted 86 arrests.
Close to 2,000 people mobilised by the Islamist group Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath reportedly gathered outside the Thousand Lights Mosque. That is less than a kilometre from the U.S. consulate, where protestors smashed windows on Friday.
“Avoid Mount Road stretch and Radhakrishnan Salai near US consulate,” wrote Hindu Business Line journalist Dinakaran Rengachary on Twitter on Saturday. “Heavy traffic jam due to protest by Muslim organisations. #Chennai”
“Chennai police better prepared today! Stopped a crowd of 2000 a few metres away from the consulate! 2nd day of protest,” wrote Meenakshi Mahadevan, a CNN-IBN journalist in Chennai. “Close to 4k ppl near US consulate today! US flag burning, effigy burning, sloganeering et al happened! But in the end all under control.”
On Friday, about 1,500 protestors organised by Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK), another group, gathered in front of the U.S. consulate and threw stones and footwear at the building. The protestors also burned the American flag and pictures of President Barack Obama.