Surge in American Flags Sales in Pakistan: Shops Capitalize on 'Innocence of Muslims' Protests
While the economy in Pakistan has taken a hit in the wake of a storm of protests in reaction to an American-made anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims," one small industry is having a banner year. Business is booming for makers of American flags as the red-hot items go up in flames on the streets of Pakistani cities during the anti-Western protests that are still raging three weeks after the video first sparked rage. One Pakistani flag maker, Nadeem Mahmood Shah, said he knew the protests would mean big business for his shop and was happy to see the demonstrations, which have brought a 10-fold increase in the sales of his flags, all of which he promises will burn without problem -- a key concern for protesters when the TV cameras start rolling. Venders can't seem to keep the stars and stripes on the shelves, with the student wing of the Shiite party Majlis-e-Wahadatul Muslimeen producing some 500 ready-to-burn flags per hour on peak protest days. The group says it's ready to debut a 500-metre-long version of Old Glory that will be placed on the ground so protesters can walk on it.