Arab Spring turns bitter for America
Demonstrations continued for a fourth day across the Muslim world over an American-made anti-Islamic video.
US and other foreign missions have stepped up security following violent attacks that began on Tuesday.
Protestors in several cities across the Middle East, Africa, and south and east Asia spread out after Friday’s midday prayers denouncing the video.
Demonstrations continued agitating near the US Embassy in Cairo, with protestors throwing rocks at riot police, who responded with tear gas. Protests were also reported in Malaysia, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Lebanon.
Protestors angered by the anti-Muslim movie clashed with police near the US embassy in Cairo. Cairo agitators threw rocks at the police, who threw them back and fired tear gas. A burnt-out car was overturned in the middle of the street leading to the fortified embassy from Tahrir Square, focus of protests that ushered in democracy.
Security forces in Yemen shot live rounds in the air and fired tear gas at a crowd of around 2000 protesters trying to march to the US Embassy. The demonstrators burned the American flag and called for the expulsion of the US ambassador to Yemen. “No embassy, no ambassador, the people want the ambassador expelled,” they chanted.
Palestinian Islamists burnt effigies portraying US President Barack Obama and the American flags to protest the anti-Islam movie that was released in America.
Lebanese security officials say one person has been killed and 25 wounded after clashes between police and protestors. Officials said the agitators set fire to the KFC/Hardee’s Tripoli branch. Four delivery mopeds were also set ablaze by the protestors. 18 cops were also hit with stones and glass. They also chanted, “Listen, listen Obama, we are all Osama,.” Pics/AFP.
US protect anti-Muslim filmmaker
The man suspected of producing a crude film lampooning the Prophet Mohammed has been placed under police protection after protests erupted around the world. Journalists gathered outside the home of a 55-year-old Coptic Christian, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, in California after reports he had directed the movie that triggered protests in the Muslim world.