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Excerpt: "Protesters have attacked Western embassies in Tunisia, Yemen and Sudan, as a wave of demonstrations against an anti-Islam film swelled and swept across much of the Muslim world after Friday prayers."

Anger is spreading as a result of the anti-Islamic video. (photo: Reuters)
Anger is spreading as a result of the anti-Islamic video. (photo: Reuters)

Mass Protests Intensify Across Muslim World

By Al Jazeera English

14 September 12


Violent protests in Tunisia, Yemen, Sudan and elsewhere as crowds target US, UK and German embassies.

rotesters have attacked Western embassies in Tunisia, Yemen and Sudan, as a wave of demonstrations against an anti-Islam film swelled and swept across much of the Muslim world after Friday prayers.

The US embassy was the common target while the UK and German embassies in Sudan were stormed by angry mobs.

In Tunis, the Tunisian capital, two people were killed in clashes with the police as crowds scaled the US embassy walls and set fire to trees within the compound. An American school was also set on fire by an angry mob.

In Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, protesters stormed the UK and German embassies and raised Islamist flags. Protesters smashed windows, cameras and furniture in the German complex and then started a fire, witnesses said.

Throngs of crowds also targeted the US embassy in the capital. They breached the outside wall of the compound, forcing guards to fire warning shots. Three people were killed in clashes.

Al Jazeera's Harriet Martin, reporting from Khartoum, said: "The Sudanese authorities are taking things very seriously as they have deployed many, many riot police in the direction of the US embassy.

Three protesters were killed in clashes with the police in Khartoum while two other were killed in similar demonstrations in Lebanon.

Protesters also clashed with police in Yemen while they attempted to storm the US embassy. Four people were reportedly killed in the ensuing clashes.

"Today is your last day, ambassador", and "America is the devil", some placards carried by the protesters said.

Crowds also gathered against the California-made film for the second day in Malaysia, Bangladesh and Iraq.

Jay Carney, a White House spokesperson, said they were monitoring events in the Muslim world.

"President Obama is following events, the violence is not justifiable, the President is making sure in his conversations with leaders in the region that the safety of US representation is respected in their countries," said Carney.

Insulting Film

Demonstrators furious at the trailer of the film made in the US they say insults the Prophet Muhammad also clashed with police near the US embassy in Cairo.

Reporting from Egypt, Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh said protesters belonging to ultra-conservative groups in Sinai stormed a camp for the UN multinational peacekeepers in Sheikh Zuwayed town. They brought down the flag and placed a black banner with the words "There's no God but Allah, Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah."

In Gaza, thousands of people rallied at demonstrations in Gaza City and the southern town of Rafah, a day after the ruling Hamas party urged citizens to turn out for protests after Friday prayers.

Protesters waved the flags of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements, and set fire to American flags, chanting "Death, death to America, death, death to Israel".

The film was blamed for an attack on the US consulate in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans on Tuesday, the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda attacks on the United States.

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel Hamid, reporting from Benghazi, said: "There is a lot of tension in Benghazi people are confused, they want to protest, but after what took at the US consulate, people are apprehensive, Libyan authorities still believe it was a planned attack at the embassy".

In Nigeria, where radical Islamist sect Boko Haram has killed hundreds this year in an insurgency, troops opened fire in the air outside a mosque to disperse protesters in the city of Jos.

Challenge for Obama

The protests present US President Barack Obama with a new foreign policy crisis less than two months before seeking re-election and tests Washington's relations with democratic governments it helped to power across the Arab world.

Obama has vowed to bring those responsible for the Benghazi attack to justice, and the United States sent warships towards Libya which one official said was to give flexibility for any future action.

The ruling Muslim Brotherhood said it would organise marches and sit-ins in front of mosques - but none outside the US embassy in Cairo.Egypt has said the US government, which has condemned the film, should not be blamed for it, but has also urged Washington to take legal action against those insulting religion.

After talks with Italian leaders in Rome, President Mohammed Morsi reiterated his government's determination to protect foreign diplomats on its soil. He also condemned the film as unacceptable.

In Libya, authorities said they had made four arrests in the investigation into the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens. US officials said it may have been planned in advance - possibly by an al-Qaeda-linked group.

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said Washington had nothing to do with the crudely made film posted on the Internet,which she called "disgusting and reprehensible", and the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff called a Christian pastor in Florida to ask him to withdraw his support for it.

The online video depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a womaniser and leader of a group of men who enjoy killing.

Egypt's Coptic Orthodox church has condemned what it said were Copts abroad who had financed the film.

Map of protests and embassy attacks across Muslim world.
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+17 # Activista 2012-09-14 14:23
"Obama/Clinton/ Bush has vowed to bring those responsible for the Benghazi attack to justice, and the United States sent warships towards Libya which one official said was to give flexibility for any future action"
Obama/Clinton/B ush sending warship - is anybody sick of US imperialism by now?
-10 # brux 2012-09-15 07:01
I am more sick of jihad and muslim imperialism that says who can and cannot be in their countries, who can own land and has all the rights of a human being. I am sick of Allah and the idiots who riot in the name of a God that absolutely does not have a sense of humor and supports every brand of viciousness and terrorism you can imagine. That kind of terrorism is what the world needs to get rid of. After that is done the US can relax a bit.
-9 # HowardMH 2012-09-15 08:30
Surprised Obama didn’t apologize to all of them for our people getting in front of their bullets. How dare we stop their bullets and grenades. This whole mess would not even happen if we had a president with some balls and back bone instead we got Obama the Wimp.

Diplomacy my ass, when one of them sticks his head above an embassy wall it is turned into mush. They don’t even get close enough to touch an American Flag much less take it down and burn it.

Where has Homeland Security been as far as the video? They too busy checking Grandma and her Grand Daughter’s shoes for bombs.
+1 # Glen 2012-09-16 07:39
Brux, the U.S. will never relax. The government, military, and covert ops have an agenda. They are stirring the pot and creating even more rebellion against the U.S. The U.S. is not going to withdraw from any country where they are sending ops, drones, corporations, and building military bases. Never assume all this is for the good of foreign citizens. All of the above U.S. agencies could care less.
+1 # dkonstruction 2012-09-14 14:51
People should really check out the other new piece RSN has just published on the recent events (including the anti-islam video)'s the best piece of analysis i have seen yet...
0 # L. Sabransky 2012-09-14 15:45
Thank you D. - I will!
+5 # Activista 2012-09-14 16:07
Al Jazeera (broadcaster owned by the state of Qatar through the Qatar Media Corporation and headquartered in Doha, Qatar) needs to take credit for war propaganda - destruction of Libya (present civil war), for civil war in Syria and attacking Iran.
This convoluted piece readersupported n2/289-134/1347 8-cairo-benghaz i-and-beyond-be ware-the-false- fury is nothing more than cover up of the crimes of couple of years ago. Now our "friendly regimes" are killing protesters. How is democracy (freedom to protest) in Qatar?
+14 # indian weaver 2012-09-14 16:08
Obama /dubya / all of amerika's rulers really cannot / do not want to face reality, or deal with it. What do our rulers expect after decades of supporting dictators worldwide, including in most of the Arab countries. We created this worldwide hatred of us. Hindus / Buddhists name the result of action "karma". The Bible states "Ye shall reap as ye sow". Every spiritual tradition states that one or another way, we all pay for our thoughts, words and actions. And that applies to countries. This is not an Arab or al Qaeda "organized" revolt against america. This is spontaneous exressio of hatred of America by Arabic citizens like you and me. Payment is coming due, "our karma is ripening". Economic collapse goes hand in hand with Imperialism, spending our tax dollars in our War Machine and "wars". The People in America have no say, no representation, no investment (save the soldiers and their families volunteering to participate) in worldwide police action. Why should we care about "wars" when our lives here are collapsing? I fear Muslim / Christian antagonism has only just begun and will quickly escalate into world war (at least a large part of the world, including you and me). - “I do not know how the Third World War will be fought, but I can tell you what they will use in the Fourth – rocks.” - Einstein interview with Alfred Werner, Liberal Judaism, Apr. - May 1949.
+1 # JackB 2012-09-15 10:17
This is total nonsense. Your argument is that, even though the trailers for the movie had been on YouTube, on 9/11 - purely by coincidence - radical Islamists armed with rockets, rifles & other weapons, spontaneously demonstrated & attacked American & European diplomats & diplomatic buildings in different cities in different countries? That's the story you are peddling? Just a suggestion - you might want to consider looking up the word "spontaneous".

By the way, America is spelled with a capital "A" & a small "c" - not a "k". If you feel this is a Nazi country why don't you move to one that encompasses your world view?
0 # Activista 2012-09-15 12:08
"purely by coincidence" more like well targeted Christian Zionist Romney propaganda.
It always makes me suspicious how prepared politician are for the event they planned.
Terry Jones islamophobe form Florida swing state just before the presidential election? Purely by coincidence?
+1 # RMDC 2012-09-16 06:40
I usually spell amerikkka with a k or three k's. That what it is. But maybe you do not see the extent of the control of fascism in the US.

The ten thousand or so nazis brought over from Germany after WW II to transform the US and run the cold war did a good job. No need to move anywhere if you want to experience fascism. But I think most of us do not want to experience fascism. We want the fascists to move somewhere else. We only want to point out that they have taken over the USG and its national security apparatus (CIA, DHS, Pentagon, etc.).

Apparently Arabs don't want amerikkkan fascism in their countries either and they are trying to throw it out. We should take a lesson from them.
0 # Activista 2012-09-16 10:13
"The ten thousand or so nazis brought over from Germany after WW II to transform the US"?
When and how? These people must be dead by now - how many "Germans" are in the US government? Please!
0 # RMDC 2012-09-16 19:00
10,000 nazis brought over to the US to work in the US national security organizations. The basic operation was called Operation Paperclip, set in motion by the OSS or Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the CIA. Google it. there are many book on it.

The most famous of course was Werner von Braun who because the US chief rocket scientist. There's a shot of about 30 top NASA scientists giving a cheer when the US landed on the moon. About 23 or the 30 were ex-Nazis. All of NASA was a ex-Nazi enterprise. They were not really exploring space but developing rockets that could carry nuclear bombs. Space was the cover.

The main headquarters for the Nazis who came to work in the US was Area 51 or Groom lake. It is famous for "aliens" there but the aliens were not from space but from Germany and Austria.

These Nazis went to work in the CIA to help it develop its worldwide anti-communist campaign -- that's what Nazism was really all about anyway. Most were sent to live and work outside the US, but they were responsible for creating a lot of techniques of covert operations, torture, regime change, and the like that we still see today.

Google all these topics. There's quite a lot that is known, but certainly lots more that is still secret.
+15 # orwell, by george 2012-09-14 16:39
america is the greatest country the world has ever known.
strange that foreigners wouldn't want to be killed, ruled and occupied by such nobility.
gonna vote for the 1%?
+6 # Activista 2012-09-14 23:16
Innocence of Muslims was/is promoted by Christian Zionist Pastor Terry Jones from Florida - not much criticism of him and his movement - look at all anti Muslim US propaganda and destruction of Muslim countries. This is deeper than one amateur movie Made in Hollywood.
-6 # Rick Levy 2012-09-15 00:46
"The ruling Muslim Brotherhood...h as also urged Washington to take legal action against those insulting religion."

That's the long and short of it. If Muslims had their way, they would ban American freedom of speech and the rest of the Constitution. American Islamophiles, is that what you really want?

Muslims love to vilify and degrade other religions but can't stand it when the tables are turned.
+9 # trevorlasvegas 2012-09-15 04:11
"Legal action against those who insult religion?" Reallyi? If you are that insecure about the power of your deity maybe you need a new one.
I am not in any doubt about my experience of the divine and feel certain that it is powerful enough to handle everything without my assistance.
That goes for the fundamentalist Christian lunatics as well. I can't wait until their beliefs are officially enshrined in a psychiatric diagnostic manual.
+6 # overanddone 2012-09-15 04:21
A Romney campaign flack and former Bush advisor Richard Williamson admitted yesterday that the 911 attacks were the result of Bush Cheney not having the resolve that terrorist would be afraid of, and if Romney were president those attacks would never have happened.
Like Romney and Ryan, who had his own startling admission yesterday more on that latter, Williamson talks like a man with a paper ass. That protesters and rioters decide to take to the streets in defense of their religion, or to seek a better life for themselves and their families, or because they are being paid to do so, based on the perceived resolve of the American president is not only ludacris but reveals a dangerous idea of how our dangerous world works. Even more outlandish is to infer that Romney/Ryan have resolve about anything these chameleons have changed their position on every issue often in a matter of hours.

Ryan yesterday admitted in his speech that for the last 4 years he has stolen his paycheck.
10 paragraphs from the bottom, Ryan admits to waiting for economic recovery for the past for years. It would seem that he should have been working for a economic recovery with the president for the last 4 years, not waiting, especially since he has professed that jobs are his top priority. His catholic guilt has finally gotten to him and his need to confess his betrayal of office and the American people was overwhelming.
Repent Paul, Repent
-5 # Innocent Victim 2012-09-15 09:04
Maybe we have to make some demands of the Muslim world: that they respect our traditions: particularly the right to free speech, even speech we disagree with. We have to let them know that we, in the US, are offended - to say the least - by their violent disrespect of a fundamental principle of our political life, and that their disrespect will result in consequence for them.
+7 # Glen 2012-09-15 09:24
Sorry, Innocent, but you must do your research in who really is disrespectful and who are the genuine terrorists on this planet: The United States of America.

Research how many countries the U.S. has interfered with, even taking out their duly elected leaders, replacing them with dictators who proceeded to kill thousands. The U.S. meddling in the Middle East, Central and South America, the Philippines, Asia.

How would you respond if your country was occupied by the U.S. and the U.S. had killed thousands, including your family and friends, and did it on a lie told to the entire world, after beginning a propaganda machine that successfully turned thousands of Americans against Islam. That little maneuver made it possible to get away with murder, literally.

Muslims are only demanding that the U.S. get the hell out of their lives.
-2 # Innocent Victim 2012-09-15 12:36
Glen, I could not agree with you more in terms of US imperial policies since the end of WWII under the cover of the Cold War and thereafter.

You wrote: "Muslims are only demanding that the U.S. get the hell out of their lives." I sympathize with those demands, but the protests are about what a film-maker declared about their prophet, Mohammed. Am I misinformed? I don't speak Arabic; so I don't know what they are shouting.

If they are protesting the film-maker as they have Saloman Rushdie and others, then I have only contempt for their fanaticism.
0 # Glen 2012-09-16 07:45
We are being told that the film is the sole reason for the "uprisings". I don't buy it simply because a great many of us know of the efforts of the U.S. to destabilize/att ack so many countries. Resources and control continue to be the reason for doing so. Never think the U.S. hasn't set a jihad of their own against various leaders and prominent journalists and artists.

Folks who declare American christians would not behave in the manner of Muslims over a nasty anti-christian film, should take a closer look at the pugilistic so-called christians in the U.S. Of course, the country of those U.S. christians is not being occupied, bombed and destabilized.
+2 # Activista 2012-09-15 12:14
Muslim world: that they respect our traditions?
Is Islamophobia/ha te US tradition? I thought that this is freedom of religion - tolerance of others belief.
0 # Rick Levy 2012-09-15 17:24
I second that emotion.
+1 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-09-15 14:42
We once had a world where it was considered an act of kindness for a close neighbor or relative to marry a severally retarded person or a brother to take his brother's widow for his second wife. In the South slave owners were proud of their valuable light-skinned property, who were house n------ cooking and cleaning for their wife. So history calls Thomas Jefferson a child molester for respecting his slaves to the point that slaves doing what they pleased bankrupted his estate. In the old days having sex with a underage child was common. Thus Islam is called evil because parents are no longer supposed to kill their physically challenged new born infants, or adult men to have sex with a child-wife before puberty. No one asked Jesus about sex with a prepubescent child or about SM but I think I know what Jesus's answer would be similar to Islams.

Anyway a film of a man with a thousand wives and children chasing an adult around with a stick is like two people engaging in sex at the edge where new lane of traffic merges into an expressway. I wonder if the film coming out a few weeks before 9/11 was on purpose. Anders Breivik the right-wing terrorist who attacked a youth camp, praised al Qaeda's enthusiasm and wanted to bring it Christianity.
+1 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-09-15 17:37
In 1969 the Charles Manson clan when there was intense racial tension in the US wrote “pig” their victim's blood hoping to set off a race war,

What if their had been a group of both Blacks and Whites trying to ferment total race war but with less direct provocations then direct murder. A Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Chairman of the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee, constantly trying to provoke war between the US and Pakistan, and gain independence for the rebellious province of Azeri,

Plus Basseley Nakoula who produced a trailor claiming to be part of a hate film bankrolled by wealthy Jewish donors. A Dick Cheney constantly warning of war with the Muslim World and, it's in dispute exactly what he did to encourage 9/1l. Rohrabacher supported the idea of a Romney Presidency long before most others did and he along with Romney are claiming Obama is weakening us by not drastically increasing words and armaments against the Muslim world. Alas perhaps Charles Manson was ahead of his time.
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-09-17 11:01
A hate film on Christianity would have trouble making the Jesus as a Sadist stick, but as a masochist might sting.

Many years ago Catholics were picketing “Hail Mary” about the “Virgin Birth”. “If not Joseph's then whose child” the camera pointed to a dog then the sky to with pictures concluded not the dog's child but the skies child.

Muslims respect Jesus too much to show us how it feels.

I know a dancer Kathy Change who for years danced for peace until she set herself on fire hoping by feeding raw meat she would satisfy people's need for hate, the war etc sadly continued without her.

If someone redrew the “Peaceable Kingdom as porn including child porn and other religious scenes as well, I won't continue this thought since I don't plan to follow Cathy Change by offering my life for the sake of world peace.

I offer my condolences for the great sense of hurt Muslims feel. They are too good a people to show us how it feels. Muslims think menstrual blood is more honorable than manure. Over and over Muslims are belittled, made nauseous and ridiculed, as a creature of the West I offer a humble apology. Others please join me.

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