BEIJING, Sept. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- Egyptian protesters, largely ultra-conservative Islamists, have climbed the walls of the US embassy in Cairo to protest a film attacking Islam’s prophet, Muhammad.
The protesters made their way into the courtyard and brought down the flag, replacing it with a black flag with Islamic inscription. They are protesting against a movie which was reportedly produced in the United States by an anti-Muslim group. It contains some insulting content about Muhammad.
Muslims find it offensive to depict Muhammad in any fashion, much less in an insulting way. The protests came after some Egyptian media have been reporting on the film for several days, with ultra-conservative clerics going on air to denounce it.
The film has also aroused protest in Libya, where armed protesters attacked and set fire to the US consulate in Benghazi. Witnesses say Tuesday’s attack left much of the consulate burned. Roads had been closed off and security forces were surrounding the building.