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The Islamist Protests Outside Our Embassies Aren’t Tapering Off

Check your favorite mainstream U.S. news publications and see if they have any coverage of angry Muslim protests outside American embassies, consulates, and other institutions associated with the United States.

No? If there’s no coverage, it doesn’t mean they didn’t happen:


Rioting Muslims took to the streets of Athens on Sunday afternoon, in protest against the film that mocked Mohammed. Around 1,000 Muslims hurled bottles and other objects at police that were trying to prevent the rioters descending on the U.S. Embassy.

Protesting Muslims gathered in Omonia Square holding banners proclaiming “We demand an immediate punishment for those who tried to mock our Prophet Mohammad” Ekathimerini reported.

Shouting “Allah is great” they assaulted police with bottles, stones and slabs of marble they broke from the sidewalks, as police tried to prevent the protesters approaching the U.S. Embassy.

Greek riot police resorted to tear gas to control the protesters and protect the security zone they had established around the U.S. Embassy. Hellas Frappe described the scene in central Athens as a “war zone.”

In Sri Lanka:

Sri Lanka’s police barricaded the US embassy in Colombo for the second time in four days Monday as thousands of Muslims gathered to denounce an anti-Islam film which has sparked protests worldwide.

An estimated 20,000 people carrying anti-US and anti-Semitic placards marched towards the embassy during heightened security for the World Twenty20 cricket tournament hosted by Sri Lanka.

A ruling party stalwart, Alavi Moulana, was seen among the Muslims taking part in the orderly and peaceful demonstration that blocked traffic for several hours.

“Dear Muslims around the world, stop purchasing Jewish products such as Coca Cola, KFC, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Fanta, Pizza Hut, You Tube, D and G etc,” said a banner carried by protesters.

“Who is behind the film? Jews,” said another anti-Semitic placard carried by the demonstrators. The anti-Islam film has been produced by, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, reportedly a 55-year-old Egyptian Copt and convicted fraudster, based in Los Angeles and currently out on parole.

In the Philippines:

Hundreds of Filipino-Muslims held a protest rally in front of the US embassy in Manila, calling for a total ban on the controversial anti-Islam film.

Filipino-Muslim leaders in southern Philippines asked the Supreme Court on Monday to compel the Philippine government to stop the screening of the film entitled Innocence of Muslims.

About 300 protesters managed to sneak on several side roads leading to Manila’s Roxas Boulevard but they failed to reach the front of the heavily guarded US Embassy, a radio report said.

Instead, the protesters raised high several placards, one of which said, “Freedom of religion prevails over freedom of expression”.

“American leaders should categorically ask for the total ban of the film on the internet. Their failure to do so means “double standard” on the part of authorities when it comes to protecting Muslim sentiment,” said Agakhan Sharief, a leader of the protesters.


Shi’ite Muslims in the Nigerian town of Katsina burned U.S., French and Israeli flags and a religious leader called for protests to continue until the makers of the film and cartoons are punished.


In Pakistan, where fifteen people were killed in protests on Friday, a government minister has offered $100,000 to anyone who kills the maker of the short, amateurish video “The Innocence of Muslims”. Calls have increased for a U.N. measure outlawing insults to Islam and blasphemy in general.


In U.S. ally Turkey, a secular Muslim state often seen as a bridge between the Islamic world and the West, protesters set fire to U.S. and Israeli flags on Sunday.

“May the hands that touch Mohammad break,” chanted some 200 protesters before peacefully dispersing.


Meanwhile in Bali, the U.S. Consulate on Jalan Hayum Wuruk was temporarily closed on Friday, September 21, 2012 and an extra police and military presence put in place in anticipation of any possible protests in Bali.


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