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Egypt army intervenes to pacify Salafist protest at US embassy
Military is deployed in Cairo's Garden City district after thousands of Salafist activists converge on US embassy to protest film said to denigrate Islam's prophet
Ahram Online, Tuesday 11 Sep 2012
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Egypt army intervenes to pacify Salafist protest at US embassy
(Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Roughly 2000 Salafist activists answered a call on Tuesday by Wesam Abdel-Wareth, a Salafist leader and president of Egypt's Hekma television channel, to protest 'Muhammad's Trial' – a US-made film which, critics say, insults Islam's Prophet Mohammed – at 5pm in front of the US embassy in Cairo.

 

The protest began to deviate from its peaceful nature when some demonstrators began setting off fireworks, the sound of which resembled gunfire. Other demonstrators at the scene chanted "Peaceful, Peaceful," urging their fellow protesters to restrain themselves.

 

Some protesters managed to scale the embassy walls, remove the American flag and replace it with a black flag on which was written: "There's no God but God and Muhammad is the prophet of God."

 

At one point, the Egyptian Army intervened, surrounding the embassy grounds in an effort to control the situation.

 

The controversial film is reportedly being produced by US-based Coptic-Christian Egyptians, including Esmat Zaklama and Morees Sadek, with the support of the Terry Jones Church in the United States.

 

Various local churches in Egypt have condemned the film in recent days, asserting that those responsible for it were merely carrying out their own agendas and did not represent Egypt's Christian community.





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Disillusioned with Egypt
12-09-2012 03:45pm
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Sectarianism is alive and kicking in Egypt
It is sad but significant that AhramOnline is STILL reporting that the film was produced by Copts - when this has been disproven some time ago. Shame on the Editor and journalists.
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Abi
12-09-2012 02:32pm
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Why not use social media rather than violence??
Could any body tell us what this film is all about?? I recall few years ago there was a French movie called " Je vous salue Marie" which was making fun of the virgin birth of Christ!! Yes there were demonstrations, protests out side the cinemas and people had chosen to vote with their feet as a result the film eventually died natural death. Nobody was killed and no French flag was burnt These violent protests and the inability of the army and the police to protect the foreign embassies is a clear indication that the country now is run by the mop. Sadly,The anti-islam have proved their point by making the Islamists dance to their tune.
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RFQ
12-09-2012 01:25pm
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Will the real voice of Islam speak up?
The reactions to these films are ignorant and barbaric at best. The Prophet (SAAW) never reacted this way when insulted to his face even. This is wrong. This is not Islam. Let the ignorance of the few be not the voice for the silent masses who do not receive media attention.
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24-10-2012 07:35am
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Unfortunately they are not few and in many predominantly islamic countries which illustrates their behaviour
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Erin
11-09-2012 10:44pm
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Understandable Anger
It's OK for some Egyptians to be angry over a film made by the same pastor that burnt the Qur'an. That's understandable. People in America don't like that pastor's actions either. I don't see any reference to the film here. Is there a way to help us understand why it is making people so angry?
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RFQ
12-09-2012 01:25pm
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Its okay to be angry
Its okay to be angry, but not to act like this.
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K Kong
11-09-2012 09:39pm
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Ragheads will be ragheads
Peaceful Muslims... ROTFLMAO!!!
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