CAIRO: Demonstrators, furious at a blasphemous film clashed with the police near the US embassy in Cairo on Friday before a nationwide protest called by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Protesters also clashed with police in Yemen, where one person died and 15 were injured on Thursday when the US embassy compound was stormed, and crowds gathered against the California-made film in Malaysia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Bangladesh Jordan and Iraq.
In Nigeria, the government put police on alert and stepped up security around foreign missions.A demonstrator was killed and 25 people hurt in clashes with police on Friday after an angry crowd set fire to a KFC restaurant in northern Lebanon, a security source said.
The attack on the US fast-food chain’s outlet came as Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon for a three-day visit, calling for Christian-Muslim coexistence and attacking religious extremism.
Security forces in Yemen fired warning shots and used water cannons against hundreds of protesters near the US embassy in Sanaa. “Today is your last day, ambassador!”, and “America is the devil”, some placards read.
The embassy told US citizens it expected more protests against the film. “The security situation remains fluid,” it said in a statement posted on its website.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the video was “unspeakable” but should not be used as an excuse for violence. Cairo protesters threw rocks at police, who threw them back and fired teargas.
Sudanese security forces fired teargas to disperse around 10,000 protesters who marched on the US embassy in the capital on Friday after attacking the British and German missions, an AFP correspondent said.
An estimated 5,000 protesters earlier stormed the embassies of Britain and Germany, which was torched and badly damaged.Police fired teargas as several protesters scaled the roof of the German embassy and others attacked its facade, tearing down the flag to replace it with a black Islamist one, the AFP reporter said.
Hundreds of Afghan protesters took to the streets, setting fire to an effigy of US President Barack Obama and demanding the death of the sacrilegious film-maker.The demonstration in Nangarhar province saw clerics in the Shinwari tribe call for a $100,000 bounty on the head of the producer of the film, “Innocence of Muslims”.
Iraqi protesters burned US and Israeli flags as thousands of people demonstrated in cities and towns across Iraq against the anti-Islam film.Thousands of people yelling “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” rallied in central Tehran, Iran’s capital, on Friday to protest the film. State television showed the crowd streaming out after Friday prayers at Tehran University in which Ayatollah Ahmad Janati termed the United States responsible for the film.Muslims held demonstrations across Malaysia, calling for the United States to prevent distribution of the blasphemous film.
Our correspondents add: Thousands of people rallied across the country on Friday to protest an anti-Islam movie, demanding that the government expel US diplomats and sever ties with Washington.
Rallies and demonstrations were staged in different cities and towns where speakers denounced the US and the West for their anti-Islam policies and propaganda in the name of freedom of expression. They called upon the Ummah to rise above petty differences for foiling nefarious designs of the enemies of Islam.
In Lahore, various parties and organisations held rallies and protests in different parts of the city where charged crowds of workers shouted slogans demanding deaths to the blasphemers according to Islamic law and set ablaze US flags.
The largest protest was held by the Jamaatud Daawa at Chauburji Chowk where addressing a massive charged crowd, JuD Ameer Hafiz Saeed called upon all Muslim states to cut off ties and revoke all treaties with the countries protecting blasphemers.
He said JuD would mobilise a big protest movement across the country, including holding an all parties conference soon and taking out a big protest march from Nila Gumbad to Masjid Shuhada tomorrow (Sunday). He denounced the OIC and UN for “criminal silence” over the moves that could seriously destroy the world peace.
The Jamaat-i-Islami took out a rally from Lytton Road, which marched up to the Lahore Press Club led by party’s Secretary General Liaqat Baloch and Amirul Azeem.The Jamaat-e-Islami also organised a rally in Karachi, where around 700 party activists and supporters gathered with banners and placards bearing anti-US and anti-Israel slogans.
Around 400 protesters rallied in front of Islamabad’s Lal Masjid after Friday prayers, following a call from the JI. In Peshawar, where anti-US feeling runs high, around 150 gathered after Friday prayers, shouting “death to America”.
TOBA TEK SINGH: The Jamaat-e-Islami held a protest meeting to condemn the blasphemous movie and termed it a crime committed by Zionists against Islam. Addressing the gathering, JI leader Dr Zahid Sattar said the Pakistan government should sever diplomatic relations with the US.
GUJRANWALA: People from various walks of life strongly condemned the blasphemous film and demanded that the government raise the issue at the world level. They said that passing of a resolution against the film was not enough and the government should take up the issue with the US government.
HAFIZABAD: Two rallies were taken out against the anti-Islam movie produced in the United States. The first rally started from Hussaini Chowk under the auspices of Alami Tanzeem-e-Ahle Sunnat. The Jamaat-e-Islami took out the second rally from Alipur Road, which ended at Vanike Chowk.
VEHARI: People from various walks of life held a protest meeting against the sacrilegious movie. The protesters gathered at Tehsil Bazaar and chanted slogans against the US and Israel.
PAKPATTAN: A meeting of professors and lecturers was held at the Government Faridia Postgraduate College to condemn the anti-Islam film. Addressing the meeting, Prof Muhammad Yaqoob Chishti and Syed Jawad Raza Bukhari said that the film had hurt the sentiments of the Muslims. They said all Muslims countries should break relations with the US.
LALAMUSA: Activists of various religious parties took out a rally against the anti-Islam film. The rally started from Jamia Masjid Bilal and culminated on the GT Road after passing through the main bazaar. The protesters burnt tyres and US flags.