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Issue #1565      19 September 2012

Violent clashes continue over provocative video

Violent responses to the grossly provocative Innocence of Muslims video produced by a Coptic Christian in the US continued across the world last week after Friday prayers in Islamic countries.

Around 5,000 protesters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum besieged the embassies of Britain and Germany before moving on to the US embassy.

Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters as several of them scaled the roof of the German embassy and others attacked its facade and tore down the flag.

The mob, furious over a crassly anti-Islamic amateur film produced in the US, then set fire to the building.

They blocked the road to prevent the arrival of firefighters, prompting the security forces to fire more tear gas. Demonstrators also attacked the British embassy nearby.

Hundreds of protesters have clashed with police guarding the US embassy in Cairo and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood withdrew its call for a million-man march in the Egyptian capital, concerned at the threat to diplomats.

Protesters attacked a 15-foot-high concrete wall built by police across the road to the fortified US compound near Tahrir Square, while demonstrators threw stones, and police threw them back.

In Yemen, security forces clashed with hundreds of protesters near the US embassy in Sanaa and police opened fire on the crowds.

US marines had flown into Sanaa’s international airport to bolster the embassy’s security. In Bangladesh, around 10,000 protesters burned US and Israeli flags and chanted “God is Great” and “Smash the black hands of Jews” as they tried to march to the US embassy in the capital Dhaka.

They were stopped by hundreds of armed police and armoured personnel carriers.

In the Lebanese city of Tripoli, one person was killed and two injured as demonstrators set fire to a KFC fast-food restaurant, while in Indonesia, riot police guarded the US embassy in Jakarta as hundreds protested outside.

Some carried banners reading: “We condemn the insult against Allah’s messenger” and “There is no god but Allah.”

Clerics in Pakistan joined calls for a day of protests and further demonstrations broke out in Kuwait, Tunisia, Morocco, Bangladesh and Iraq.

The protests began last week in Cairo and spread to the Libyan city of Benghazi, where demonstrators stormed the US consulate, killing the ambassador and three others.

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