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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Angry Protests Continue Across Arab World

Yemeni protestors break windows of the U.S. Embassy during a protest about a film ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday. (AP)

Demonstrators shouted “death to America” outside the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen Thursday.

It’s the latest in the series of protests that started outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and resulted in the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya on Tuesday.

The BBC’s Jon Leyne told Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer that tensions in Cairo were still high and rising.

“It’s a situation that seems to be escalating by the hour, by the minute,” he said. “There are running battles between the police and protestors” just outside the U.S. Embasssy.

The protests were sparked when an excerpt of a movie that mocked the prophet Muhammad surfaced on You Tube.

Guest:

  • Jon Leyne, BBC reporter in Cairo

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Kafantaris/100000398466956 George Kafantaris

    To state, “I called him [President Obama] to ask him to put an end to such behavior,” President Morsi himself must not understand our freedom of speech.
    Let’s try again: Our Constitution forbids the government from stopping its citizens from making offensive films. And since the government cannot stop them, it also cannot be held responsible for any offense those films cause.
    Arab leaders need to understand this point and explain it to their citizens.

  • J Frog

    More “fringe” violence?

  • Afprdg

     It turns out that a  California Coptic Christian, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, used pesudonyms to direct attention to an alleged ‘Israeli’,  but in fact Nakoula is responsible for the anti-Muslim film that provoked attacks in Egypt and elsewhere.

    Yesterday I heard that an Israeli living in California was responsible for the film.

    As far as I can tell, WBUR listeners have yet to hear that it was a Coptic Christian who made the film.

    Seems like an unfortunate omission.

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