Egypt Protesters Attack U.S. Embassy In Cairo
CAIRO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Egyptian protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and pulled down the American flag during a protest over what they said was a film being produced in the United States that insulted Prophet Mohammad, witnesses said.
In place of the U.S. flag, the protesters tried to raise a black flag with the words “There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger”, a Reuters reporter said.
Once the U.S. flag was hauled down, protesters tore it up, with some showing off small pieces to television cameras. Then others burned remains.
“This movie must be banned immediately and an apology should be made … This is a disgrace,” said 19-year-old, Ismail Mahmoud, a member of the so-called “ultras” soccer supporters who played a big role in the uprising that brought down Hosni Mubarak last year.
Many Muslims consider any depiction of the Prophet to be offensive.
Mahmoud called on President Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s first civilian president and an Islamist, to take action. Many others were supporters of Islamist groups.
About 20 people stood on top of the embassy wall in central Cairo, where about 2,000 protesters had gathered.
“There is no god but Allah, Mohammad is Allah’s messenger. We will sacrifice ourselves for you, Allah’s messenger,” they chanted, with many waving religious flags.
A U.S. embassy official had no immediate comment on the protesters’ actions but the embassy had put out a statement earlier on Tuesday condemning those who hurt the religious feelings of Muslims or followers of any other religions.
“We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others,” the U.S. embassy said in its statement.
One slogan scrawled on the walls of the embassy, a fortress-like structure that is near Tahrir Square where Egyptians revolted against Mubarak, said: “If your freedom of speech has no limits, may you accept our freedom of action.”
An Egyptian state website carried a statement by Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox church condemning what it said were moves by some Copts living abroad “to finance the production of a film insulting Prophet Mohammad”.
About a 10th of Egypt’s 83 million people are Christians.
It was not immediately clear which film angered protesters.
However, according to the website www.standupamerianow.org, the Christian Pastor Terry Jones, who angered Muslims by burning a copy of the Koran, was due to take part in an event on Tuesday called “International Judge Mohammad Day” in Florida in which it would symbolically put the Prophet on trial and play it out live over the Internet.
“Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy,” the U.S. embassy statement said, adding that it condemned the efforts by “misguided individuals” to hurt the feelings of Muslims.
In another incident prompted by similar sentiments last month, a lone man attacked the German embassy with homemade nail bombs and a hammer with which he cracked glass at the entrance, following a report about a protest in Germany where demonstrators bore caricatures of the Prophet outside a mosque.
No one was injured and there was no serious damage in that incident.
I can’t help but watch this video and wonder why the hell do we GIVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR ($1.3 Billion to their military alone) to Egypt. On 9/11 of all days these protestors decide to desecrate the US Flag. And the fact that the US Embassy apologized for freedom of speech in a movie that has yet be confirmed. Absolutely disgusting. -Philip DeFranco
Recent commentsBlog comments powered by Disqus
- just-one-girl-with-a-camera likes this
- amon-re likes this
- gnarwhall likes this
- officialyowcy likes this
- bstrong11 reblogged this from mach712
- potatoshio likes this
- jpdroid24 likes this
- cough93 reblogged this from defranco and added:
- sublime-supreme likes this
- violetotaku reblogged this from defranco
- violetotaku likes this
- tirnanogue reblogged this from defranco and added:
- kingdomhearts-nigga reblogged this from defranco and added:
- haaaaaaaaave-you-met-ted reblogged this from defranco and added:
- colestorybraw likes this
- endlesswatlz likes this
- the-good-doctor-light reblogged this from defranco
- walk--through-hell likes this
- nearlynoth1ng likes this
- triski73 likes this
- ayonattierose likes this
- indoorkites reblogged this from defranco
- mckinneycantspeak likes this
- q-nasty reblogged this from defranco and added:
- ilubcurry likes this
- angelicatherubiks likes this
- hickster55 reblogged this from defranco and added:
- countessdemontecristo reblogged this from defranco and added:
- readsleepdream reblogged this from defranco
- countessdemontecristo likes this
- miss-perkey likes this
- iusedtobeso-original reblogged this from defranco
- hufflepuffswag likes this
- mach712 reblogged this from defranco and added:
- bittersweetserendipity likes this
- 2papipaul likes this
- its-a-juicy-contradiction reblogged this from defranco
- lastmanonthemoon likes this
- columnnotes reblogged this from defranco
- samslame reblogged this from defranco
- world-collapsing reblogged this from defranco
- writingforghosts likes this
- squallluis reblogged this from defranco
- marianomufasa reblogged this from defranco
- swimminglywell reblogged this from defranco
- thatnerdychef likes this
- tiptoecosmo reblogged this from defranco
- betsyboblawyerpants reblogged this from defranco and added:
- tiptoecosmo likes this
- byakuyasbastardchild reblogged this from areyoureadyworld