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Indonesians Protest Fla. Church's Quran-Burning Day

About 3,000 Muslims marched Saturday through Indonesia's capital to the U.S. Embassy to protest plans by a Florida church to burn the Quran on Sept. 11.

Protesters from the hard-line Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir marched with banners and placards denouncing the burning set for Wednesday. Similar rallies were held in five other cities across Indonesia.

The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., said it will burn the Islamic holy book to mark the ninth anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks. Local officials have denied a permit for a bonfire on the church's grounds. But the center — which made headlines last year by distributing T-shirts that said "Islam is of the Devil" — insists it will go ahead with the plan.

Religious leaders in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim nation, have appealed to U.S authorities to stop the event.

With reporting from Aubrey Belford. Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.