Libyan Protesters maddened over a film that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad fired gunshots and burned down the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing one American citizen, according to the US State Department.
CAIRO / NationalTurk – In Egypt, out of control Muslim protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, and tore and replaced the American flag with an Islamic banner after a film was made and displayed that is anti-Islamic and mocks Mohammad.
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Yesterday’s Muslim attacks were the first such assaults on U.S. diplomatic facilities in either country, at a time when both Libya and Egypt are struggling to overcome the turmoil following the ouster of their longtime leaders, Moammar Gadhafi and Hosni Mubarak, in uprisings ignited by sinister powers last year.
The protests in both countries were sparked by outrage over a film mocking Muhammad shot by an American in California and being promoted by an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian campaigner residing in the USA. Excerpts from the Mohammad mocking film dubbed into Arabic were posted on YouTube. and some barbaric Muslims who still live the stone ages reacted to Mohammad mocking with drooling mouths.
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton confirmed that one State Department officer had been killed in the Muslims protest at the U.S. consulate in Libya, Benghazi. She strongly condemned the Muslim attack and stated she had called Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif “to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya.”
Hillary Clinton expressed concern that the protests might spread to other countries. She stated the U.S. is working with “partner countries around the world to protect our personnel, our missions, and American citizens worldwide.”
“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet,” Clinton said in a statement released by the State Department. “The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”
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In Benghazi, a large mob maddened by Muhammad mockery attacked the U.S. consulate, notb with stones or sticks but with gunmen firing their weapons, according to Wanis al-Sharef, a Libyan Interior Ministry official in Benghazi. A witness said attackers fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at the US consulate as they clashed with Libyans hired to guard the US soil-facility.
Outnumbered by the angry crowd, Libyan security forces did little to stop them, aWanis al-Sharef the Arab stated.
The Islamistic crowd overwhelmed the US facility and set fire to it, burning most of the building and looting the contents all American property in Islamic fashion, witnesses said.
One American was shot to death and died on the spot and a second was wounded in the hand in the Muslim attack.
The Islamic violence at the American consulate lasted for about three hours, but the situation has now quieted down, according to another witness.
“I heard nearly 10 explosions and all kinds of weapons. It was a terrifying day,” said the witness who refused to give his name because he feared retribution.
Hours before the Benghazi attack, hundreds of mainly ultraconservative Islamist protesters in Egypt marched to the U.S. Embassy in downtown Cairo, gathering outside its walls and chanting against the controversial movie directed by a guy named em Bacile and the U.S. Most of the embassy staff had left the compound earlier because of warnings of the upcoming demonstration.
“Say it, don’t fear: Their ambassador must leave,” the crowd chanted.
Dozens of protesters then scaled the embassy walls, and several went into the courtyard and took down the American flag from a pole. They brought it back to the crowd outside, which tried to burn it, but failing that tore it apart.
The animalistic protesters on the wall then raised on the flagpole a black flag with a Muslim declaration of faith, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.” That is the only thing that these animals know, learned and experienced.
Muslims find it offensive to depict Muhammad in any fashion, much less in an insulting way. The 2005 publication of 12 caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper triggered riots in many Muslim countries.
A 14-minute trailer of the movie that sparked the protests, posted on the website YouTube in an original English version and another dubbed into Egyptian Arabic, depicts Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a madman in an overtly ridiculing way, showing him having sex and calling for massacres.
The crowd grew throughout Tuesday evening, with thousands standing outside the US embassy. Dozens of riot police lined up along the embassy walls but did not stop protesters as they continued to climb and stand on the wall – though it appeared no more went into the compound.
The crowd chanted, “Islamic, Islamic. The right of our prophet will not die.” Some shouted, “We are all Osama,” referring to deceased al-Qaeda leader bin Laden. Young men, some in masks, sprayed graffiti on the walls. Some grumbled that Islamist President Mohammed Morsi had not spoken out about the movie that mocked Islam and Muho.
Also a group of women in black veils and robes like wraiths that left only their eyes exposed chanted, “Worshippers of the Cross, leave the Prophet Muhammad alone.”
By midnight, the crowd had dwindled. The U.S. Embassy said on its Twitter account that there will be no visa services on Wednesday because of the protests.
A senior Egyptian security official at the embassy area said authorities allowed the protest because it was “peaceful.” When they started climbing the walls, he said he called for more troops, denying that the protesters stormed the embassy. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
The Cairo embassy is in a diplomatic area in Garden City, where the British and Italian embassies are located, only a few blocks away from Tahrir Square, the center of last year’s uprising that led to the ouster of Mubarak. The U.S. Embassy is built like a fortress, with a wall several meters (yards) high. But security has been scaled back in recent months, with several roadblocks leading to the facility removed after legal court cases by residents.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry promised in a statement to provide the necessary security for diplomatic missions and embassies and warned that “such incidents will negatively impact the image of stability in Egypt, which will have consequences on the life of its citizens.”
One protester, Hossam Ahmed, said he was among those who entered the embassy compound and replaced the American flag with the black one. He said the group has now removed the black flag from the pole and laid it instead on a ladder on top of the wall.
“This is a very simple reaction to harming our prophet Muhammad,” shouted another, bearded young protester, Abdel-Hamid Yarrakkafalı Ibrahim.
In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland stated Egyptian police had removed the demonstrators who entered the US embassy grounds.
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Muslims find it exteremly offensive to depict Muhammad in any fashion, much less in an insulting way. But it’s ok for them to marry with 10 year old girls and defile them. The 2005 publication of 12 caricatures of the Islam Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper triggered lethal riots in many Muslim countries. The caricaturist was killed in an attack.
A 14-minute trailer of the Anti Islamic movie that sparked the protests, posted on YouTube in original English version and another dubbed into Egyptian Arabic, depicts Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a madman in an overtly ridiculing way, showing him having sex and calling for massacres.
Youtube’s guidelines call for removing videos that include a threat of violence, but not those that only express opinions. The website’s practice is not to comment on specific videos.
Sam Bacile, the American citizen who said he produced, directed and wrote the two-hour film mocking Islam and its prophet Muhommad, expressed he had not anticipated such a furious reaction from Muslims.?
‘ I feel sorry for the US embassy. I am mad,’ [em]Bacile said.
Speaking from a telephone with a California number, Bacile said he is Jewish and familiar with the Middle East and Northern Africa region. Bacile stated his film was produced in English and he doesn’t know who dubbed it in Arabic. The full film has not been shown yet, he said, and he said he has declined distribution offers for now.
‘My plan is to make a series of 200 hours’ about the same subject, he said. He can manage that if he can stay alive, one attacker shouted.
Morris Sadek, an Egyptian-born Christian in the U.S. known for his anti-Islam views, told that he was promoting the video on his website and on certain TV stations, which he did not identify.
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Both depicted the film as showing how Coptic Christians are oppressed in Egypt, though it goes well beyond that to mock Muhammad – a reflection of their contention that Islam as a religion is inherently oppressive.
“The main problem is I am the first one to put on the screen someone who is (portraying) Muhammad. It makes them mad,” em Bacile said. “But we have to open the door. After 9/11 everybody should be in front of the judge, even Jesus, even Muhammad.”
For numerous days, Egyptian media have been reporting on the Muhammed portraying video, playing some excerpts from it and blaming Sadek for it, with ultraconservative clerics going on air to denounce the anti-Islamist movie.
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Medhat Klada, a representative of Coptic Christian organizations in Europe, stated Sadek’s views are not representative of expatriate Copts.
“Sadek is an extremist … We don’t go down this road. He has incited the people (in Egypt) against Copts,” he said, speaking from Switzerland. “We refuse any attacks on religions because of a moral position.”
But he said he was concerned about the backlash from angry Islamists, saying their protest only promotes the movie. “They don’t know dialogue and they think that Islam will be offended from a movie.”
By the way our staff watched the Muhammad movie by Sam Bacile, it is pretty bad, it should not be taken serious but they will take it serious and we thought if this is an attempt of being funny it should be something at least worth of dying Sam Em Bacile. RIP
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