Violent Anti-US Muslim Protests Spread As Film Trailer Banned In More Countries
As the story drops of the media’s radar the worldwide Muslim protests against the US continue to spread and become more violent
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People are leaving the Hezbollah rally, where party leader Hassan Nasrallah made an unexpected appearance, RT’s Lucy Kafanov reports from Beirut.
17:30 GMT: A Tunisian radical Salafist leader has escaped from a mosque surrounded by security forces seeking to arrest him, Reuters reports. Saif-Allah Benahssine, leader of the Tunisian branch of the hardline Islamist Ansar al-Sharia, slipped away after hundreds of his followers stormed out of al-Fatah mosque in Tunis.
17:21 GMT: Russian prosecutors have qualified the video clip as extremist. A full ban on the film throughout the country will be sought.
17:03 GMT: The United Arab Emirates’ telecommunication regulator says it has blocked access to the “Innocence of Muslims” video and urges users to report any existing links.
16:29 GMT: Pakistan’s prime minister has ordered YouTube’s suspension in the country over the “blasphemous” anti-Islam film.
16:10 GMT: Amid the mass protests, US diplomats in Beirut are burning classified documents, reports the Associated Press quoting own sources.
15:28 GMT: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah is calling for unity in the face of “the worst-ever” insult to Islam. He urges the UN to criminilize insults to the world’s three religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
“America, hear us – don’t insult our Prophet!” chant Beirut demonstrators (Screenshot AP video) Screenshot AP video
15:02 GMT: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah is addressing the rally in Beirut.
14:44 GMT: The rally in Beirut is split into two columns since women are marching separately from men. Some are holding portraits of Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad.
14:42 GMT: Thousands are rallying in Beirut, Lebanon, after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah called for widespread protests against the anti-Muslim video. Follow RT’s Lucy Kafanov for more details: twitter.com/LucyKafanov
13:41 GMT: Some 100 Americans have left Tunisia since violent protests against the movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’ broke out last week. The orders to evacuate were given on Sunday.
13:32 GMT: Russian authorities are considering whether the film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ qualifies as extremist hate speech, and would therefore be banned. Germany is also weighing banning the video.
13:27 GMT: The US announced it will close its embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, in response to a planned mass protest against the American-made anti-Islamic film. The rally is set for Tuesday.
13:14 GMT: Up to 3,000 university students, teachers and employees marched in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Monday. In Upper Dir, a northwestern district of the country, 22 protesters were arrested after government offices were attacked, police said.
13:13 GMT: A rally in the Pakistani city of Karachi has turned violent, with police firing tear gas at protesters. One demonstrator has reportedly been shot in the head by police.
12:48 GMT: A protester was shot and killed and two others were injured on Monday in northwest Pakistan, as some 800 people rallied in the town of Warai. Demonstrators torched a magistrate’s house and the local press club before police fired at the crowd.
12:03 GMT: Anti-US protests gripped Pakistan on Monday. In demonstrations throughout the country, protesters called for a ban on the anti-Islamic film ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ and burned US flags and pictures of President Barack Obama.
11:21 GMT: Over 2,000 protesters burn US and Israeli flags in the southern Philippines city of Marawi.
10:58 GMT: Hundreds of students call for the expulsion of the US ambassador in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, reports AFP.
Indonesian anti-riot police arrest a protester during a protest against a low-budget film insulting to Muslims outside the US embassy in Jakarta.(AFP Photo / Adek Berry)
09:40 GMT: Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the US embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, to protest the film ‘Innocence of Muslims.’ Police officers fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd, Reuters said. One police officer was reportedly injured when demonstrators threw stones, and protestors were also witnessed burning an American flag.
Indonesian Muslim protesters disperse as anti-riot police launch tear-gas shots during a protest against a low-budget film insulting to Muslims outside the US embassy in Jakarta.(AFP Photo / Adek Berry)
07:18 GMT: Hundreds of Afghans turn out for a violent protest in Kabul near US and NATO army bases on Monday. Cars, tires, and storage containers were set on fire, and Afghan police fired warning shots into the air to disperse the demonstrators. Some 40-50 police officers were reportedly injured in the violence.
Monday, September 17
18:02 GMT: Hezbollah chief, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, calls for rallies across Lebanon starting Monday to protest ‘The Innocence of Muslims’ film.
17:14 GMT: Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urges Washington to immediately ban the controversial video and prosecute its authors, reports the Hindu Times.
16:32 GMT: France is banning any further demonstrations over the film ‘The Innocence of Muslims.’
“These protests are forbidden. Any incitement to hatred must be fought with the greatest firmness,” France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls told France 2 television Sunday. The instructions come a day after police detained some 150 people for taking part in an impromptu protest near the US Embassy in Paris.
16:08 GMT: In Copenhagen, roughly a thousand demonstrators have gathered in front of the US embassy to slam “the insults to Prophet Muhammad.” Like in London, most of the participants are members of the Sunni Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir. Several people have been detained after clashes with police, report local media.
15:41 GMT: Germany bars notorious pastor Terry Jones from entering the country, citing security concerns. The Florida clergyman, known for his Koran-burning activities, has promoted ‘The Innocence of Muslims.’
14:47 GMT: Some 300 people shout slogans outside the US Embassy in London. Many demonstrators have come to slam the scandal-stirring clip, but there are also placards against the US in general, reading “America, get out of Muslim lands.”
Protesters from Hizb ut-Tahrir demonstrate against insults to Islam at the American Embassy in London September 16, 2012. (Reuters/Neil Hall)
14:39 GMT: Malaysia asks Google to block access to the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ video. Malaysian authorities are requesting that the video, which many Muslims find insulting to their religion, be removed from YouTube because of the “explosive commotions and repercussions at hand,” Information Minister Rais Yatim says. The clip has already been blocked in Egypt, Libya, India and Indonesia.
14:30 GMT: One person was reportedly killed in clashes between police and protesters near the US consulate in Karachi.
Pakistani Sunni Muslim protesters torch a US flag and an effigy of the US President Barack Obama during a protest rally against an anti-Islam movie in Karachi on September 16, 2012. (AFP Photo/Rizwan Tabassum)
13:55 GMT: The US consulate in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, was attacked by a crowd of anti-US protesters rallying against the controversial anti-Islam film ‘Innocence of Muslims.’ Police and protesters clashed outside the consulate, and demonstrators torched a nearby police station, witnesses said. Six protesters were reportedly injured in the violence. The protest in Karachi is the latest in a spate of anti-US protests throughout the Muslim world sparked by the inflammatory film.
12:03 GMT: Iran’s military brass say the outrage against the anti-Islamic film cannot justify the killing of Chris Stevens, the US Ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans, last Tuesday.
“Definitely this did not warrant killing,” Iran’s Revolutionary Guards commander Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari told a news conference in Tehran. He added the incident happened “due to their anger [of protesters].”
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