- The Washington Times - Monday, October 22, 2001

HYDERABAD, India Maoist guerrillas protesting the U.S. strikes against Afghanistan attacked a Coca-Cola plant in southern India yesterday, using dynamite and causing significant damage to the facility.
Elsewhere around the world, protests against the U.S. military campaign were more peaceful, with demonstrators filling streets and crowding mosques. Thousands turned out in Spain, Thailand, Indonesia and other countries.
At least a dozen armed guerrillas of the outlawed Peoples' War Group attacked the Coca-Cola plant near the town of Mangalagiri in India's Andhra Pradesh state, police said.
The guerrillas cut telephone and electric lines before overpowering security guards and blasting several parts of the plant with dynamite and land mines.
Police estimated the damage at $140,000. Coca-Cola said no one was injured because the plant had been closed for maintenance, but it was increasing security at other plants.
The attackers left a note that said America was the biggest terrorist state and was trying to dominate all other countries, said Police Superintendent A. Purnachandra Rao.
In Spain, more than 15,000 protesters marched through the center of Madrid chanting "Peace, yes. War, no." They carried placards that read "No to the bombing of any people."
"It's despicable for the United States to do this in the name of peace and justice, especially given that it itself has supported so many dictatorships," said Spanish protester Enrique Abad, 68.
Some 3,000 Muslims gathered in the central Indonesian city of Solo, holding banners reading "Osama bin Laden is a true holy warrior, not a terrorist" and "Islam unite, destroy the American infidels," witnesses said.
In Thailand, more than 20,000 gathered in mosques to pray for Afghanistan, with the main services taking place in Bangkok and the southern provinces of Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Pattani.
At one mosque in Bangkok, vendors sold red-and-black T-shirts featuring color pictures of bin Laden, the main suspect in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. U.S. forces have attacked Afghanistan to force the Taliban regime to hand over bin Laden.
"We want to pray for our Muslim brothers who suffered in Afghanistan. Our stance is to ask Allah to bless our brothers to be safe and survive," said Waewueramae Mamingji, chairman of the Islamic Committee of Pattani.
After the prayers, organizers issued a call for Muslims to boycott goods from the United States, Britain and Germany. Muslims were also urged not to shop at Western-owned supermarkets.
Relatively small demonstrations were held in Pakistan, where President Pervez Musharraf has supported the United States. The largest protest was held in Rawalpindi, where more than 2,000 supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami party shouted, "Bush is a dog. Musharraf is a dog."
A slightly smaller crowd protested in the port city of Karachi, which has 12 million people. In the eastern border city of Lahore, about 150 people showed up for a rally.

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