The Washington Post reports on the scale of violent protests that have broken out across the Muslim world in response to a movie made by extremist rightwing Christians in America with the express intent of causing that violence.
Protesters in Tunis broke into the U.S. Embassy compound, set fire to trees and broke windows of embassy buildings, a witness cited by Reuters reports. Police in Khartoum, Sudan fired on protesters trying to scale the walls of the embassy there, according to the Associated Press . And security forces in Sanaa, Yemen, fired guns in the air to keep protesters away from that city’s U.S. Embassy, a day after its compound was broken into and looted.
In Tripoli, Lebanon, demonstrators set fire to a KFC restaurant and an Arby’s and attempted to storm a government building, according to news reports. Soldiers opened fire, killing at least one person.
Smaller demonstrations were underway in Indonesia, East Jerusalem, Malaysia and Qatar. And in the Kashmir region of India, at least 15,000 people ”” mostly Muslims ”” participated in dozens of protests, burning U.S. and Israeli flags, the AP reported.
…Thousands gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, 350 yards from the fortress-like U.S. Embassy breached earlier this week. Security forces constructed a massive concrete wall to block off one access road to the embassy, witnesses said, and skirmished with demonstrators who arrived in a slow stream after midday prayers.
Reuters reports that five protesters were wounded by police gunfire in Tunis and adds:
It also emerged that Libya had closed its air space over Benghazi airport temporarily because of heavy anti-aircraft fire by Islamists aiming at U.S. reconnaissance drones flying over the city, after President Barack Obama vowed to bring the ambassador’s killers to justice.
…Protesters in Afghanistan set fire to an effigy of Obama and burned a U.S. flag after Friday prayers in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
Directing their anger against the U.S. pastor who supported the film, tribal leaders also agreed to put a $100,000 bounty on his head.
Protesters also broke into the German embassy in Sudan, smashed it up and started a fire. One protester was killed by police gunfire. There were protests in Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Bahrain, Pakistan and Iraq.
I’m hearing that US law enforcement is investigating possible parole violations by the man behind the movie. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was convicted of federal bank fraud charges in 2010, sentenced to 21 months in prison, and ordered not to use computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer. His uploading his “free speech” would be a clear violation.
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