September 27, 2012
It turns out that burning the American Flag may be harmful to your health.
A Pakistani protester died Tuesday after reportedly inhaling smoke from a burning an American flag during a violent anti-American protest.
Some 10,000 people rallied this week in Lahore, the capital of the Punjab province, to protest a movie trailer that Muslims say insults Islam.
According to the New York Post, the protester, identified as Abdullah Ismail, died a day after being taken to Mayo Hospital in Lahore suffering from smoke inhalation..
Witnesses said Ismail had complained of feeling ill after breathing fumes from American flags burnt at the rally.
The rally was organized on the city's landmark mall by the Tehreek Hurmat-i-Rasool. Despite a ban on rallies on The Mall, local officials blocked off the road leading to it from noon to 6 p.m., apparently to
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