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Several Hundred Protest Over Islam Film in Hong Kong

Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) -- A small number of people were injured as they clashed with Hong Kong police outside the U.S. consulate today in a protest over an anti-Islam movie produced in the U.S., the city’s Cable TV reported.

Several hundred protesters marched to the consulate, where they were blocked from delivering a letter, according to the report. The protesters tried to elbow their way through, staging a minor clash with the police, Cable TV reported without specifying how many people were injured.

Unrest over the film, called “Innocence of Muslims”, has spread through the Arab world and other parts of Asia, turning violent in Indonesia and Pakistan last week. Leaders of Hong Kong’s Muslim community pledged a peaceful protest ahead of the event.

About 1,000 protesters also gathered in Chater Garden in Hong Kong’s main financial district, according to the report. Hong Kong’s Muslim community numbers about 250,000, the South China Morning Post reported today.

Phone calls to the Hong Kong Police Public Relations Branch seeking comment on the protests were not answered outside of normal business hours.

To contact the reporter on this story: Vinicy Chan in Hong Kong at vchan91@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net

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