10 killed in protests against ‘anti-Islam’ movie

Film by Nakouda
The crude, amateurish film portrayed Islam and its prophet in bad light

 

Protests across the Middle East over the amateur American movie have left at least 10 persons dead.

At least 10 more people have been killed in four countries where protests were held against the ‘anti-Islam’ movie made in the United States.

Reports say four people were killed outside the United States embassy in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen; Tunisia recorded three fatalities; while Sudan had two.

An attack on two American-owned fast food joints in Lebanon also left at least one person dead, reports say.The deaths came as the protests over the amateur movie, Innocence of Muslims, escalated on the fourth day spreading to nearly a dozen countries.

Protests have been reported in Egypt, where the demonstrations started on Tuesday, as well as Tunisia, Yemen, Sudan, Lebanon, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

There were protests in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. A brief protest also occurred in London, where about 200 people called for punishment for the makers of the film.The US has deployed a fast-response team of 50 marines to boost security in Sanaa.

The deaths were the first fatalities since four American diplomats were killed in Libya on Wednesday. The bodies of Ambassador Chris Stevens, and the other three Americans killed arrived to State honours in the US on Friday.

President Barack Obama repeated his warning that the US will hunt down those attacking American interests.

“I’m making it clear, justice will come to those who harm Americans,” he said.

Across the Middle East, security forces battled protesters with tears gas, stun grenade and rubber bullets on Friday after the Jumat prayers.

The killings in Tunisia came after protesters breached the US embassy compound in the capital Tunis. The US embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, also came under intense attack leaving one person dead. The UK and German embassies were also attacked in Tunis.

The move has drawn criticisms from the British government which called for the arrest of the perpetrators, the BBC reports.

 

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms, today’s attack, and call on the Sudanese authorities to ensure that those involved are brought to justice,” foreign secretary, William Hague was quoted as saying.

 

Organizers of the protests in Egypt have striven to eschew violence warning against attacks on foreign embassies. But later on Friday, Islamic militants attacked an international observer post in the country’s troubled Sinai region.

 

The base houses members of a multinational force including Americans.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Will PT correct the previous false report that the rough head film maker is an isreali-american. the man is an Arab from Egypt. let us be clear with that.

    • chris121

      “THE FILMMAKER: Federal authorities say the shadowy figure behind the film is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, a California man once convicted of financial crimes and prohibited from using computers or the Internet as part of his sentence. Authorities have connected Nakoula to the persona of Sam Bacile, someone who initially claimed to The Associated Press to be the writer and director of the film. The YouTube clips were posted under the username “sam bacile.” Nakoula told the AP in an interview Wednesday that he managed logistics for the company that made the film. He denied he was Bacile and said he didn’t direct the film, though he said he knew Bacile. Bacile turned out to be a false identity, and the AP traced a cellphone number used by Bacile to a home where a reporter located Nakoula. Court papers in 2010 said Nakoula had many aliases, including Nicola Bacily, Robert Bacily and Erwin Salameh. The man identifying himself as Bacile claimed to be an Israeli Jew, but evidence shows he is a Coptic Christian. He told the AP he is a real estate developer, but his name does not appear in searches of California real estate licenses.” AP

    • http://twitter.com/uk_commentator Mafar_ka

      Thank you Chris121 for this excerpt.

    • Ojukwu

      @Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa, please stop demonstrating your shallowness and ignorance to the world. I have called on you to stop this nonsence on several occassions, it is a general blow to the Igbo race. But, you just can’t listen! Now imagine the rubbish you posted above. Does it really matter whether this guy is an israeli-american or not? Afterall he is a christian just like you??. Is there any justification in a proclaimed civilized democratic society for this kind of thing to happen? This is shear madness and hatemongering which you are professing to be a party of. You are neither a Jew nor an Arab, you are nothing morethan a decendant of homeless, topless and senseless colonised african imigrants (from unknown place). So why making all these Ludicrous assertions? PLEASE STOP NOW!

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        @Ahmadu Bello. I cant see where I supported the film maker in my comment. I even called him a rough head. But you are so blind to your prejudice, that you don’t even know when some one agrees with you on some few points. If any one is hating here it is YOU. I have a right to make a correction when the media makes a mistake like on this occasion. If the film maker is an Arab, don’t call him a Jew. Because it supports the stereotype that encourages the oppression of Jews in Palestine.