Friday, October 05, 2012
The Economy of Flag Making in Pakistan
U.S. Film Protests Bring Boom for Pakistan Flag Makers
As Pakistan's mullahs railed against a U.S.-made anti-Islam film, Naveed Haider's print works in Rawalpindi went into overdrive, running off hundreds of U.S. flags for angry protesters to burn at demonstrations.
"Whenever we have these demonstrations, I make 10 times as much money as normal," he told AFP.
With a surge in anti-American feeling in Pakistan, the U.S. has replaced traditional rival India as enemy number one in public opinion, according to the flag-sellers.
Asim, 22, a waiter in a seafood restaurant, says he has set four U.S. flags alight in a month. "It brings me such pleasure," he adds. Protests against the film have led to more than 50 deaths across the Muslim world.