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Despite the curfew, Shi'ite Muslims took to the streets shouting Islamic slogans and flagellating themselves, which later lead to street battles with security men.
Conductor Richard Jenkinson (whose 'day job' is that of cello principal in the CBSO) certainly made his presence felt with unnecessary extravagant gyrations when fronting his musicians, from tiger crouches to wild flagellating windmilling.
But the archbishop is played excellently by Stephen Boxer, self flagellating and austere in the extreme, and Simon Thorp oozes charm as the dangerously flirtatious Don Hernando.
Pope John Paul II took penitence seriously, spending entire nights lying with his arms outstretched on the bare floor, fasting before ordaining priests or bishops and flagellating himself, said the promoter of his sainthood cause.