Pakistani protesters burn a representation of a French flag during a protest against French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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Demonstrators clashed with police Friday in Pakistan, Jordan and Algeria as anger flared among Muslims over a French satirical weekly's latest caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.Supporters say the cartoon on the cover of Charlie Hebdo is a defiant expression of free speech following a terrorist attack on the publication's Paris offices that killed 12 people on Jan. 7, but many Muslims viewed it as another attack on their religion.The protests in Pakistan and elsewhere began after midday prayers Friday, Islam's holy day.Police officer Naseer Tanoly said some of the protesters were armed and opened fire on the police, who shot into the air to disperse the crowd.A second day of protests in Lahore drew about 800 people.The demonstrations overshadowed smaller rallies in Islamabad and elsewhere to commemorate the Peshawar school attack one month ago by Taliban gunmen that killed 150 people, many of them children.The demonstration, which had a degree of official backing when authorities called for imams to dedicate Friday prayers to the life of the prophet, was unusual for Algiers, where protests have been banned since 2001 .
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