Update: Protests and Rage Spread Across Arab World into Global Muslim Communities

24 Sep

Iran protests 2012

Anti-American Protests in Iran

Its been about 12 days since I last wrote about the protests, many evolving into full on riots with death tolls in the Middle East over the anti-Islamic film “The Innocence of Muslims”. Unfortunately since that post developments have not been positive and they are continuing today, nearly 2 weeks since they began, with 21 people dead in Pakistan so far.

From Libya to Egypt the protests spread throughout most of the Middle East and spread to Muslim communities across the world. In the spread of the protests other countries embassy’s were targeted as well, as other anti-Islamic groups in parts of Europe continued to re-translate the film into multiple languages including German and French.

Here is the most comprehensive list I could make of places the protests took place, sourced from the hours and hours of news I watched on the events as they were taking place:

Pakistan police protect the US Embassay

Middle East:

Egypt- Cario: Among the first protest cities

Libya- Benghazi: Among the first protest cities

Yemen- Saana

Morocco-

Tunisia- Tunis

Lebannon- Tripoli, Baalbek, & Beirut: Government has supported quiet protests

Afghanistan- Jalalabad, Kabul & Ghanzi: Mostly quiet protests

Israel/Palestine- Jerusalem

Pakistan- Mardan, Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar: Protests in Mardan reached between 60-70,000 people. So far 21 have died at the governement supported “quiet” protests

Jordan- Ahman

Iran

Iraq- Basra

Anti-American rally in Pakistan, where 21 have died so far fro the government supported protests

Protests in Lebannon have also been supported by the government.

Other parts of Africa:

Sudan- Khartoum: Attacks on US, UK, and German Embassy’s in the capitol. Among the first to target embassies other than the US.

Nigeria

Protests in Khartom, Sudan where the US, German, and British emabassys were all sacked

Other worldwide Muslim communities:

S. India- Chennai

Kashmir (Indian controlled)- Srinagar

Indonesia- Jakarta, Surabaya,  Medan, & Makassar

Australia

Malaysia- Kuala Lumpur: Quite protest outside US embassy of around 200 protestors

Bangledash- Dhaka

Sri Lanka- Colombo

Germany- Freiburg: Where the film was translate to Duestch and handed out at mosques

Norway- Oslo

England- London: Protests outside US, French, and multiple other embassays

Muslim protesters burn an American flag during a protest against an anti-Islam film produced in the United States in Makassar, South Sulawesi province, Indonesia, Friday, Sept, 21, 2012. The U.S. has closed its diplomatic missions across Indonesia due to continuing demonstrations over the film "Innocence of Muslims," which denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Abbas Sandji)

Burning of American flag in Makassar, Indonesia.

Muslims protesting in Britain outside the French Embassay

https://i0.wp.com/p.twimg.com/A3BWA_pCUAA7A4J.jpgAngry protests and riots across the world, causing unammountable damage, 51 recorded deaths so far, and yet another wedge between Western and Muslim relations have all been cause by an ignorant film. “The Innocence of Muslims” is garabage, to put it ever so simply and I am so disheartened that so many Muslim’s are upset and in the process a growing hate for America and Americans has gotten stronger. The man believed to be the filmmaker is the Egyptian-American Nakoula Basseley Nakoula aka Sam Bacile. Since Nakoula has been taken in to be questions by the feds, and according to the actors in the film he is an Egyptian Coptic Christian. [There has long been conflict issues between Egyptian Muslims and Coptic’s, who make up 10% of the population]. Since the films release the Coptic church has revered the film and condones anyone in the church from supporting the film. For many Coptic’s there was concern a backlash would be targeted to them. Since Pakistan’s minister has put out a $100,000 bounty for Nakoula, although Pakistan as a whole has rejected this.

This film has obviously disturbed Muslim’s across the world, and Muslim leaders are not exempt form this. Pakistan and Lebanon have both supported peaceful protests against the film. In US response there has been 10 ads bought to be put up in NYC subway stations that call Muslims terrible things which I wont repeat. How are leaders in nations across the world responding to this?

Barack Obama:

“The United States of America will never retreat from the world. We will never stop working for the dignity and freedom that every (person) deserves. … That’s the essence of American leadership. … That was their work in Benghazi, and that is the work we will carry on.”

Hizbut Tahir Indonesia:

A prominent cleric in Indonesia urged Muslims there to remain calm despite their anger about the film. But Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, a branch of the international network that advocates a worldwide Islamic state, on its website blamed the U.S. government for allowing the film to be produced and released, calling it “an act of barbarism that cannot go unpunished.”

CNN Channel 9/14/21012 11:06am

Lebanon Secretary General Sayyed Hassen Nasrallah:

“We call for protests tomorrow in the southern suburbs (of Beirut) at 5 o’clock,” Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech. “Muslims and Christians must remain vigilant in order to refrain from sliding towards strife. Those responsible for the film, starting with the U.S., must be held accountable.”

Libyan Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur:

“This is not acceptable to the Libyan people; this is not acceptable to our values. We are taking this very, very seriously.”

Libya’s ruling General National Congress, Mohammed Al-Megaryef:

“We apologize to the U.S., to the American people and to the government and also to the rest of the world for what happened yesterday. And at the same time, we expect the world to cooperate with us to confront to what is meant out of this kind of act of cowardice,” al-Megaryef said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki

He urged a “quarantine” of “the racists” (behind the clip) in order to “stop them from spreading … their dangerous thoughts.” He then said that people should “refrain from resorting to violence and exercise the principles of Islam and its civilized values.”

Many leaders have made comments along the lines of:

US’s policy of free speech does not make it OK for someone to make a film against all Muslims

So I leave on a final thought:

An American can say what every they want under free speech, but should they be held reposibles for how people react?

Sources

Source 1 http://news.yahoo.com/photos-latest-protests-anti-islam-film-205708653.html

Source 2

http://www.globalnews.ca/interactive+map+mideast+protests+connected+to+anti-islam+film/6442719745/story.html

Source 3 http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t2#/video/bestoftv/2012/09/14/ac-anti-islam-filmmaker-identity.cnn

Soruce 4 http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/anti-jihad-savage-ads-new-york-subway-article-1.1164596

Source 5

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/14/witnesses-police-fire-on-protesters-near-u-s-embassy-in-yemen/?hpt=hp_t1

Source 6 http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/13/world/arab-leaders-reactions/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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