As was the case during the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011, protests and demonstrations in Muslim countries tend to increase in intensity on Fridays. As such, the Guardian reports that several Islamic countries are bracing themselves for anti-Western protests.
The President of the Pakistan Muslim League called for peaceful protests to take place today, Friday September 21. However, the protests across the country have deteriorated into violence - particularly in Islamabad - and protesters are setting fire to tyres and buildings, whilst the police have resorted to using tear gas to control the crowds. The Express Tribune reports that all entry and exit points to Islamabad have been closed, and roads surrounding several US Consulates across the country have been blocked.
The FCO also warns that there will be protests in Lebanon over the weekend, with demonstrations planned in Baalbeck on Friday 21 September, in Bint Jbeil on Saturday 22 September, and in Hermel on Sunday 23 September.
Any British nationals in countries where protests are likely to take place are advised to register with the FCO service LOCATE, which allows the British government to assess how many citizens may need assistance in the case of political unrest.
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