Protesters stom US Embassy in Yemen, Egypt, Iran and Iraq

By IndepthAfrica
In Egypt
Sep 13th, 2012
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Egyptian protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes near the US embassy in Cairo on September 13, 2012. Police used tear gas as they clashed with a crowd protesting outside the US embassy in Cairo against a film mocking Islam. AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/GettyImages)

Protests against the American-made amateur film mocking the Prophet Muhammad also took place in Cairo, Tehran, Baghdad and Dhaka. Demonstrators in Baghdad chanted “no to Israel” and “no to America” while burning an American flag.

Egyptian protesters run during clashes with riot police, background, outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, September 13, 2012.
Protests are planned Friday in several countries, including Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Clinton rips movie

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday the U.S. government is not involved with the Internet video triggering the protests.

“The United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video,” she said.” We absolutely reject its content and message. To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.”

Still, the U.S. comments have done little to dissuade protesters.

Outside the U.S. embassy in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, police used tear gas against an angry crowd of about 200 youth.

The protests started in Cairo on Tuesday, with protesters scaling the fortified walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and replacing an American flag with an Islamic banner.

Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, on an official visit to Brussels Thursday, slammed “attacks” on the Muslim prophet in the film, while also condemning the violence.

“We Egyptians reject any kind of assault or insult against our prophet,” Morsi said. “[But] it is our duty to protect our guests and visitors from abroad. I call on everyone to take that into consideration, not to violate Egyptian law, not to assault embassies.”VOA

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