Anti-US Protests Ignite Over Anti-Muslim Film

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of protesters stormed the grounds of the American embassy in Yemen Thursday, part of a wave of violent demonstrations against an anti-Islam film produced in the United States.

Security guards used water cannons and shot in the air to break up the mob in Sana'a. Several diplomatic cars were burned and a number of people were hurt.

Protesters also marched in Cairo, Tehran, Baghdad and Dhaka, chanting “no to Israel” and burning the American flag.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the amateur U.S.-made movie that mocks the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. She called it “disgusting” and “reprehensible,” and said it has one purpose — to “denigrate a great religion and provoke rage.” But she said the U.S. government had nothing to do with the film, and that there is no justification for the violence.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi also condemned both the film and the violence Thursday. He promised to protect foreigners in Egypt.

U.S. and Libyan authorities are investigating Tuesday's storming of the U.S consulate in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his staff. One of those killed was identified Thursday as a former U.S. Navy SEAL who was on a security detail in Libya.

American intelligence agencies are examining the alleged involvement of pro-al Qaida militants. But they say they do not have solid evidence.

The United States also has sent two Navy destroyers, a Marine Corps anti-terrorist security team and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to Libya to protect Americans.