(dpa) - A group of Muslims demonstrated Monday outside the Dutch embassy in Jakarta, condemning a film by a Dutch lawmaker critical of Islam and demanding the government cut off diplomatic ties with Amsterdam.
More than 100 activists from the hard-line Islamic Defender Front staged a peaceful but noisy protest as about 200 riot police and two water cannon stood guard.
The protesters carried banners saying, "Holland go to hell" and "Kill Geert Wilders," the film's maker, while protest leaders threatened to conduct a "sweep against the Dutch citizens" in Indonesia, a former Dutch colony.
By repeatedly shouting, "Allahu Akbar!" or "God is Great!", the protestors pelted the embassy with rotten eggs, witnesses said.
"We urge the Indonesian government to cut off its diplomatic relations with the Netherlands because the Dutch government had failed to stop the film," one protestor shouted.
After about an hour, the demonstrators dispersed with no arrests reported.
Wilders, an anti-immigration politician, released the film over the internet late Thursday after publicizing its release for months.
The Dutch government had warned Wilders that the film could spark a violent backlash in the Islamic world similar to the one that occurred two years ago after the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
The 15-minute film intersperses verses from the Koran interpreted as calling on Muslims to attack and destroy enemies of the faith with bloody scenes of recent terrorist attacks and hateful speeches by extremists.
Indonesia's Foreign Ministry described the film as "misleading and full of racism" and called the production of the film an "irresponsible action done under the blanket of freedom of expression."
Firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, accused by Western countries as being the spiritual leader of the al-Qaeda-linked regional terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, urged the Indonesian government to take stronger measures against the Dutch, including boycotting all Dutch products and cutting off diplomatic ties.
A number of Indonesian lawmakers also called for boycotts of Dutch goods along with travel warnings for Indonesians visiting the Netherlands.
Since the film's release, Muslim leaders and Indonesian politicians have condemned it, saying it was misleading and would hurt interfaith dialogue.
At another demonstration Sunday, hundreds of junior high school students in the Central Java city of Magelang demanded authorities shut down websites carrying Wilders' film.
Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation with nearly 88 per cent of its 225 million people adhering to Islam.