Iranians protest US Quran-burning plan
Iranians have staged a demonstration in protest at a plan by the American pastor of an evangelical church in Florida to burn the holy Quran, Press TV reported.
Following Eid al-Fitr prayers on Friday, angry demonstrators marched in Tehran to condemn the Islamophobic decision by reverend Terry Jones.
The demonstrators shouted slogans against the US and Israel.
The protesters carried placards and banners displaying messages of respect for all prophets.
Pastor Terry Jones, who is part of the Dove World Outreach Center, a small evangelical Christian church in Gainesville, Florida, announced plans to burn 200 copies of the Muslim holy book on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Following wide spread international condemnation, however, Jones, announced on Thursday that he had retracted from his plan.
US officials distanced themselves from the plans which they described as "un-American," "idiotic and dangerous."
EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton condemned the planned act, while Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa dubbed Jones a "fanatic."
The Vatican council lashed out at the Florida church's scheme as "deplorable acts of violence."
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon joined the protests on Wednesday, saying he was "deeply disturbed" by the decision. "Such actions can not be condoned by any religion," Ban's spokesman said in a statement.