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An estimated 2,000 demonstrate against a film insulting the Prophet Mohammad at U.S. embassy in Cairo

An estimated 2,000 demonstrate against a film insulting the Prophet Mohammad at U.S. embassy in Cairo

Jewish News One reports that Tuesday, approximately 2,000 protestors gathered outside the American embassy in Cairo to demonstrate against a film produced in the United States that insulted the Prophet Mohammad.

Around 20 people scaled the walls around the embassy, hauled down the American flag, tore it apart, and burned the pieces. Protesters then raised a flag with the words "There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger," the Jewish news agency reports. It shared raw video footage of the demonstrations on YouTube (embedded below).

According to CNN, demonstrators had become more violent by Wednesday, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails past a barbed wire fence surrounding the embassy and setting two police trucks and a car on fire. CNN says that by Thursday, "riot police fired warning shots and tear gas outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to keep hundreds of protesters away from the building's perimeter."

The demonstrations in Cairo began on the 11th anniversary of the 9-11-2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S.. Also on 9-11, demonstrators attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other consular officials dead.


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About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
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