Indians say F*CK BUSH!!!!

Demonstrators burn Bush in effigy in India

Ramola Talwar Badam Associated Press Mar. 1, 2006 12:00 AM

BOMBAY, India - Demonstrators in India shouted, "Death to America!" and burned effigies of President Bush on Tuesday, demanding that he be barred from visiting the country this week.

Elsewhere, suspected Maoist militants attacked a group of trucks jammed with passengers in central India, killing 23 people and injuring 33, police said.

The militants blew up one truck and set fire to two others after stopping them near the town of Darbhaguda in rural Chhattisgarh state, said Girdhari Naik, a state inspector general of police.

The attack, about 750 miles southeast of New Delhi, came just one day before Bush arrives in India for a four-day visit. Fearing militants will time attacks to coincide with the visit, India has dramatically increased security in some parts of the country in recent days, particularly the volatile Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Across India, dozens of protests have been planned by Islamic leaders and communist politicians to protest the president's visit.

About 1,000 Muslims demonstrated in Bombay, some waving placards reading, "Devil Bush go back," with caricatures of Bush as a cross between Superman and Satan: dressed in the superhero's red-and-blue costume with devil's horns and clutching a missile.

"Bush is terrorist Number 1, and it is an insult to Indian Muslims that he is coming to India as a guest of the government," said Mohammed Saeed Noori of the Bombay-based Muslim organization Raza Academy. "Bush first destroyed Afghanistan, then Iraq. He should be stopped from entering India."

Although this nation of more than 1 billion people is overwhelmingly Hindu, it still has the world's second-largest population of Muslims.

Some mosques in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, where Bush will visit Friday, have already unfurled banners protesting his arrival and plan to chant verses from the Quran in hopes that it will drive him away.

Muslim groups also have called for a daylong strike to protest Bush's visit to Hyderabad, a key center of India's booming information technology industry. Muslims account for nearly 40 percent of the city's 7 million people.

Meanwhile, members of the leftist Students Federation of India and the Communist Party of India burned effigies of Bush at three intersections in Hyderabad.

The communists, who are key allies of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government, also plan to protest Thursday at India's Parliament in New Delhi, a few miles from where Bush and Singh will meet.

"Up to 50,000 people will take part in the march, and we have the police permission to express our feelings," said Pushpender Grewal, secretary of the Communist Party of India.

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