Skip to comments.Egyptians angry at film scale U.S. embassy walls
Posted on 09/11/2012 12:32:19 PM PDT by traumer
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy on Tuesday, tore down the American flag and burned it during a protest over what they said was a film being produced in the United States that insulted Prophet Mohammad.
In place of the U.S. flag, the protesters tried to raise a black flag with the words "There is no God but God, and Mohammad is his messenger", a Reuters witness said.
Once the U.S. flag was hauled down, some protesters tore it up and showed off pieces to television cameras. Others burned the remains outside the fortress-like embassy building in central Cairo. But some protesters objected to the flag burning.
Many Muslims consider any depiction of the Prophet to be offensive.
"This movie must be banned immediately and an apology should be made," 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.
He called on President Mohamed Mursi, Egypt's first civilian president and an Islamist, to take action, without giving details of the film that angered him or other protesters.
About 20 people stood on top of the embassy wall, while about 2,000 protesters gathered outside. The demonstrators were mainly supporters of Islamist groups or "ultras" youths.
Rafik Farouk, 38, an Egyptian Christian, also took part. "I am here because I am Egyptian and reject anything that insults Islam or anything that sparks division in Egypt," he said.
Washington has a big mission in Egypt, partly because of a huge aid programme that followed Egypt's signing of a peace treaty with Israel in 1979. The United States gives $1.3 billion to Egypt's military each year and offers the nation other aid.
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Egypt is LOST. We need to withdraw immediately.
Forget the canal.
This false profit a$$hole Mohammad guy sure causes a lot of violence.
Only question is when it goes up over the WH.
The Romney Team needs to be preparing campaign ads about this, STAT!
This needs to be a centerpiece of his campaign.
The whole of the M.E. is lost less Israel!
What film? I’m thinking I really want to see it especially if the filthy muslims don’t want me to.
When can I buy a ticket?
If they don't want anyone to see it it means that it is the truth and rated XXX.
The barbarians do this on 9/11 no less.
Eat $h!t and die you sons of pig f’n dogs and take your pig f’n prophet with you.
F them. I understand diplomacy but like Hell will they interfere even with our idiot film industry.
Send ANDERSON COOPER to report....
Reports said that our security fired warning shots. Why didn’t they shoot to kill? Surely they could have taken out a few dozen or hudnreds of these scum.
Meanwhile it is DISS Christianity and Judaeism at every opportunity.
Muslims understand only one kind of diplomacy and that is FORCE!
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