Pictures: Film protests escalate

Indonesian Muslims shout slogans as they hold a banner which reads "Prophet Muhammad is symbol of Islam"

Indian Muslims burn a representation of an American flag during a protest in Hyderabad, India

Iranian worshippers chant slogans during a protest after their Friday prayer

Bangladeshi Muslims shout slogan and burn makeshift American flag

Pictures: Film protests escalate

Pictures: Film protests escalate

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The low-budget anti-Islam film film has prompted violent protests at U.S. embassies in the Middle East.

Protests have spread throughout the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed. Here is the latest picture from the various flashpoints.

:: Lebanon Security forces opened fire in the north-eastern Lebanese city of Tripoli, killing one person after a crowd angry over the film set fire to a KFC and a Hardee’s restaurant. About 25 people were wounded in the melee, including 18 policemen who were hit with stones and glass.

:: Sudan Several hundred protesters stormed the German Embassy in the capital, Khartoum, burning a car parked behind its gates and rubbish bins. Police fired tear gas, pushing the protesters outside the embassy’s gates. There appeared to be no injuries to embassy staff and no apparent damage to the building. Most protesters dispersed, but a group marched to protest at the nearby British Embassy. Later police reportedly opened fire on protesters trying to climb the walls of the US Embassy.

:: Yemen Security forces shot live rounds in the air and fired tear gas at a crowd of around 2,000 protesters trying to march to the US Embassy in the capital, Sanaa. Police kept the crowd about a block away from the embassy. The demonstration came a day after hundreds stormed the embassy compound and burned the American flag.

:: Egypt Riot police clashed with hundreds of protesters blocks away from the US Embassy in Cairo, as the president broadcast an appeal to Muslims to protect embassies and tried to patch up strained relations with Washington. After weekly prayers, a crowd in Cairo’s Tahrir Square tore up an American flag, and waved a black Islamist flag. When protesters tried to move toward the embassy, ranks of police confronted them, firing tear gas.

:: Iran Thousands shouted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” in Tehran in a demonstration after Friday prayers. Some burned the American and Israeli flags. State TV said similar protests were held in other Iranian cities.

:: Bahrain More than 2,000 protesters chanted against the film and burned American and Israeli flags after Friday prayers in a Shiite mosque in Diraz, outside the capital, Manama. Security forces were absent, even though the area is a hotbed of opposition in Bahrain’s 19-month Shiite-led uprising against the Sunni ruling system. Separately, Bahrain’s interior ministry ordered media regulators to attempt to block access to the film clip in the Gulf kingdom.

:: Iraq Hundreds demonstrated in Baghdad’s northern Sunni neighbourhood of Azamaiyah, some shouting: “No, no America. No, no to Israel” and “We are ready to sacrifice ourselves for our Prophet.” Dozens also marched in Baghdad’s Sadr City, a poor Shiite area in the capital’s north east. In the southern city of Basra, about 1,000 took to the streets and burned the American and Israeli flags. One banner said: “Freedom doesn’t mean offending two billion Muslims.”

:: Tunisia A crowd of several thousand demonstrators protested outside the US embassy in Tunis. Police responded to stone-throwing with tear gas. An AP reporter on the scene witnessed several people overcome by intense clouds of gas. An army helicopter flew overhead while armoured vehicles protected the embassy.

:: Israel Police said about 400 people marched toward the US consulate in east Jerusalem. Demonstrators threw bottles and stones at police, who responded by firing stun grenades. Four protesters were arrested and the crowd was prevented from reaching the US consulate.

:: West Bank In the city of Nablus, about 200 people demonstrated against the film as Muslim clerics throughout the territory preached against it in Friday sermons.

:: Syria About 200 protesters waved the Syrian flag and shouted anti-American slogans outside the long-closed US Embassy in Damascus. The crowd held banners saying: “He who curses the Prophet doesn’t seek democracy” and “A nation whose Prophet is Mohammed would never kneel down.” The US embassy has been closed since February because of the country’s bloody conflict which has killed about 23,000 people.

:: Afghanistan About 1,500 protested in the eastern city of Jalalabad, shouting “Death to America” and urged president Hamid Karzai to cut relations with the US.

:: Pakistan Hundreds of hardline Muslims held peaceful protests against the film throughout Pakistan, shouting slogans and carrying banners criticising the US and those involved in the film. Police in Islamabad set up barricades and razor wire to prevent protesters from getting to the diplomatic enclave, where the US embassy and many other foreign missions are located. Protests were also held in Karachi, Peshawar and Lahore, where protesters shouted “Down with America” and some burned the US flag. About 200 policemen and barbed wire ringed the US consulate in Lahore.

:: UK In London, around 250 protesters marched noisily but peacefully to the US embassy. The group, which called itself the “Defenders of The Prophet”, held placards denouncing the US and perceived Western imperialism.

:: Turkey Hundreds of people gathered in Istanbul’s Beyazit Square to protest, organised by Turkey’s main Islamist political party, Saadet.

:: Malaysia About 20 protesters held a peaceful demonstration outside the US Embassy in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. They briefly shouted “Allahu akbar” or God is great, and handed reporters a letter addressed to the American ambassador expressing anger over the movie and calling for greater respect for religions.

Pictures: PA

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