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KHARTOUM/TUNIS (Reuters) – Fury about a film that insults the
Prophet Mohammad tore across the Middle East after weekly prayers on Friday with
protesters attacking U.S. embassies and burning American
flags as the Pentagon rushed to bolster security at its missions.
The obscure California-made film triggered an attack on the U.S. consulate in
Libya’s city of Benghazi that killed the U.S.
ambassador and three other Americans on Tuesday, the anniversary of the
September 11, 2001 al Qaeda attacks on the United States.
In Tunis, at least three people were killed and more than two dozen wounded,
state television said after police gunfire near the U.S. embassy in the city
that was the cradle of last year’s Arab Spring uprisings for democracy. At least
one person died in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, a doctor said, after some of
thousands of protesters had leaped into the U.S. embassy.
As U.S. military drones faced Islamist anti-aircraft fire over Benghazi,
about 50 marines landed in Yemen a day after the U.S. embassy there was stormed.
For a second day in the capital Sanaa, police battled hundreds of young men
around the mission.
In Khartoum, wider anger at Western attitudes to Islam also saw the German
embassy overrun, with police doing little to stop demonstrators who raised a
black Islamist flag. Violence at the U.S. embassy followed protests against both
Washington and the Sudanese government, which is broadly at odds with the
The wave of indignation and rage over the film, which portrays Mohammad as a
womanizer and a fool, coincided with Pope Benedict’s arrival in Lebanon for a
The protests present U.S. 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.
He was at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington to greet a flight bringing
home remains of the four dead from Benghazi.
It also emerged that Libya had closed its airspace over the second city’s
airport for a time because of heavy anti-aircraft fire by Islamists aiming at
U.S. reconnaissance drones flying over the city; Obama vowed to bring the
ambassador’s killers to justice.
The closure of the airport prompted speculation that the United States was
deploying special forces in preparation for an attack against the militants who
were involved in the attack.
A Libyan official said the spy planes flew over the embassy compound and the
city, taking photos and inspecting locations of radical militant groups who are
believed to have planned and staged the attack on the U.S. consulate.
There were protests in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
MARINES TO YEMEN
The Pentagon said it had sent a “fast” platoon of Marines to Yemen to bolster
U.S. embassy security after clashes in Sanaa.
U.S. embassies were the main target of anger and protest but most embassy
staff were not at work because Friday is the Muslim weekend across the Arab
The frenzy erupted after traditional Muslim Friday prayers. Fury over the
film has been stoked by Internet video footage, social networks, preachers and
Protesters clashed with police near the U.S. embassy in Cairo. Two Islamist
preachers in Egypt told worshippers that those who made the movie deserved to
die under Islamic law but they urged protesters not to take their anger out on
In the restive Sinai peninsula, militants opened fire on an international
observer base near El Gorah, close to the borders of Israel and the Gaza Strip,
and burned tires blocking a road to the camp, a witness and a security source
reported. The source said two members of the force were wounded.
The Sudanese who broke into the German embassy in Khartoum and hoisted an
Islamic flag, while one person was killed in protests in the northern Lebanese
city of Tripoli.
Police in the Sudanese capital had fired tear gas to try to disperse 5,000
protesters who had ringed the German embassy and nearby British mission. A
Reuters witness said police stood by as a crowd forced its way into Germany’s
Demonstrators hoisted a black Islamic flag saying in white letters “there is
no God but God and Mohammed is his Prophet”. They smashed windows, cameras and
furniture in the building and then started a fire.
Staff at Germany’s embassy were safe “for the moment”, Foreign Minister Guido
Westerwelle said in Berlin. He also told Khartoum’s envoy to Berlin that Sudan
must protect diplomatic missions on its soil.
Sudan’s Foreign Ministry had criticized Germany for allowing a protest last
month by right-wing activists carrying caricatures of the Prophet and for
Chancellor Angela Merkel giving an award in 2010 to a Danish cartoonist who
depicted the Prophet in 2005 triggering protests across the Islamic world.
BASHIR UNDER PRESSURE
President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is under pressure from Islamists who feel the
government has given up the religious values of his 1989 Islamist coup.
The official body of Sudan’s Islamic scholars called for the faithful to
defend the Prophet peacefully, but at a meeting of Islamists, some leaders had
said they would march on the German and U.S. embassies and demanded the
ambassadors be expelled.
The Foreign Ministry said in its statement: “The German chancellor
unfortunately welcomed this offence to Islam in a clear violation of all
meanings of religious co-existence and tolerance between religions.”
Sudan used to host prominent militants in the 1990s, such as Osama bin Laden,
but the government has sought to distance itself from radicals to improve ties
with the West.
A Lebanese security source said a man was killed in Tripoli as protesters
tried to storm a government building.
Earlier, a U.S. fast food restaurant was set alight. Twelve members of the
security forces were wounded by stones thrown by protesters, the source
Protesters also clashed with police in Yemen, where one person died and 15
were injured on Thursday when the U.S. embassy compound was stormed.
U.S. and other Western embassies in other Muslim countries had tightened
security, fearing anger at the film may prompt attacks on their compounds after
the weekly worship.
Obama has promised to bring those responsible for the Benghazi attack to
justice, and the United States also sent warships towards Libya which one
official said was to give flexibility for any future action.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 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 U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff called a
Christian pastor in Florida to ask him to withdraw his support for it.
Palestinians staged demonstrations in both the occupied West Bank and Gaza
Israeli police, some on horseback, used stun grenades and made a number of
arrests outside Jerusalem’s Old City as a few dozen demonstrators tried to march
on the nearby U.S. consulate.
“Israeli police prevented an illegal demonstration from reaching the U.S.
consulate in East Jerusalem and used stun grenades after rocks and bottles were
thrown at them,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
In Nablus, in the northern West Bank, several hundred people protested and
burned an American flag,
AMERICAN FLAGS BURNED
The largest protests were in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Islamist
group Hamas, with at least 30,000 Palestinians staging rallies across the
Some 25,000 took to the streets of Gaza City, answering a call by Hamas and
the smaller Islamic Jihad faction and waving the green and black flags of the
American and Israeli flags were set alight, along with an effigy of the
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.
About 10,000 people held a noisy protest in the Bangladeshi capital. They
burned U.S. flags, chanted anti-U.S. slogans and demanded punishment for the
offenders, but were stopped from marching to the U.S. embassy. There was no
Thousands of Iranians held nationwide protests. There were also rallies in
Malaysia, Nigeria, Jordan, Kenya, Bahrain, Qatar, Bangladesh, Pakistan and
(Additional reporting by Mohammed Ghobari in Sanaa, Samia Nakhoul in Beirut,
Ulf Laessing and Khalid Abdelaziz in Khartoum, Gareth Jones in Berlin, Suleiman
Al-Khalidi in Benghazi, Marie-Louise Gumuchian in Libya, Sami Aboudi in Dubai,
Raissa Kasolowsky in Abu Dhabi, Aref Mohammed in Basra, Iraq, Siva Sithraputhran
in Kuala Lumpur, Anis Ahmed in Bangladesh, Regan Doherty in Doha, Roberto
Landucci in Italy and Mirwais Harooni in Kabul; Writing by Philippa Fletcher;
Editing by Peter Millership and Alastair Macdonald)
Secretary Clinton delivered
a powerful and personal speech about religion at an Eid ul-Fitr reception,
marking the end of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. The speech, at times, was a
direct response to the attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East,
and the deaths of four diplomats at the hands of militants in Libya.
In her remarks, Clinton repeated much of what she’s said in the last two
days. Namely that the Benghazi
attack was carried out by a “small and savage group,” and that the United States completely rejects what
she called the “inflammable and despicable” anti-Muslim film circulating the
Internet. However, Clinton pointed out all religions have faced insults and
denigration, but that’s no justification for violence. The response to such
insults is what separates people of true faith from those who would use religion
as an excuse to commit violent acts, she said.
“When Christians are subject to insults to their faith, and that certainly
happens, we expect them not to resort to violence. When Hindus or Buddhists are
subjected to insults to their faiths, and that also certainly happens, we expect
them not to resort to violence,” said Clinton. “The same goes for all faiths,
She spoke movingly about her own personal beliefs as a way of re-enforcing
“I so strongly believe that the great religions of the world are stronger
than any insults. They have withstood offense for centuries,” said
Clinton.”Refraining from violence, then, is not a sign of weakness in one’s
faith; it is absolutely the opposite, a sign that one’s faith is
She asked the crowd to work towards building a world where if one person
commits a violent religious act, millions of people will stand up and condemn
“We can pledge that whenever one person speaks out in ignorance and bigotry,
ten voices will answer,” Clinton said forcefully. “They will answer resoundingly
against the offense and the insult; answering ignorance with enlightenment;
answering hatred with understanding; answering darkness with light.”
The secretary urged the audience not to be discouraged by the hatred and
violence that exists, but instead resolve to do something tangible to promote
religious tolerance in their own communities.
“In times like these, it can be easy to despair that some differences are
irreconcilable, some mountains too steep to climb; we will therefore never reach
the level of understanding and peacefulness that we seek, and which I believe
the great religions of the world call us to pursue,” she reflected. “But that’s
not what I believe, and I don’t think it’s what you believe… Part of what makes
our country so special is we keep trying. We keep working. We keep investing in
our future,” she said.
This year’s annual Eid event honored three young Muslim-Americans who are
part of the State Department’s Generation Change program. The initiative,
launched by Clinton two years ago, supports young Muslims to develop positive
organizations and movements around the world.
Clinton acknowledged given deaths of the diplomats killed in Libya this week,
the event had a more somber tone than in years past. But she also highlighted
the outpouring of support the United States has received from the Muslim world.
She thanked the Libyan Ambassador, Ali Suleiman Aujali, who gave a heartfelt
tribute U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens ,whom he called his dear friend, killed in
Benghazi on Tuesday.
“I must tell you, Madam Secretary, and tell the American people, that Chris
is a hero,” said Aujali. “He loves Benghazi, he loves the people, he talks to
them, he eats with them, and he [was] committed – and unfortunately lost his
life because of this commitment.”
President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens on Tuesday. Obama also responded to criticism from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The White House said Obama spoke with the families of Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith, another embassy employee who was killed in Benghazi.
In the White House Rose Garden with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by his side, Obama said he ordered steps to enhance security for U.S. diplomats and personnel around the world.
The United States, he said, will not rest until those responsible for the killings are brought to justice.
“We are working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats, and I have also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world. And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people,” Obama said.
Watch a related report by VOA’s Scott Stearns
Ambassador Stevens and the three other Americans were killed when a mob, angered by an amateur film that mocks Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, stormed the U.S. consulate in Libya.