Thousands of Egyptians held a mass demonstration outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo to denounce a film they consider "anti-Islamic."They tore the American flag and called for the expulsion of the U.S. ambassador to Cairo.
The angry protesters replaced a U.S. flag with a huge black banner on which was written the Islamic profession of faith: "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet."
On the wall, graffiti read "Dogs of the world," referring to the Copts abroad, while another warned against attacking Muhammad: "Everything except the Prophet".
The object of the protest was that members of Egypt's Christian minority resident in the U.S. were planning an “International Judge Mohammad Day,"with Mohammed being put on trial for his crimes, live over the Internet.
According to Al-Hayat newspaper, the film in question is called "Innocence of Muslims" and was directed by Israeli-American, Sam Bacile, who told the American newspaper: "Islam is a cancer." The film is supported by Pastor , who caused controversy by burning copies of the Quran in April.
On Sunday, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Ali Gomaa, denounced "actions by Coptic extremists who produced a film offensive to the Prophet," saying it hurts "millions of Muslims around the world." He added that "the attack on the sanctity of religion is not freedom" of expression.
An Egyptian state website carried a statement by Egypt's Coptic Orthodox church condemning what it said were moves by some Copts living abroad to finance the production of a film insulting Prophet Mohammad.
Meanwhile, in Libya, Benghazi, protesters were more militants as they used rockets in their attacks to the U.S consulate in Benghazi, Al Arabiya correspondent reported.
Another witness told Reuters news attackers fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at the consulate as they clashed with Libyans, hired to guard the building.
A Libyan security official said that the American staff member of the U.S. consulate had been killed and one security guard (nationality unidentified) injured during clashes at the consulate building.
For her part, U.S. Secretary of State , in a statement late on Tuesday, confirmed the death of the U.S. diplomat and condemned the attack on the Benghazi consulate as well as U.S. Embassy in Cairo.
Later, Department of States announced the killing of U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and three other officials during the attack on the American consulat in Benghazi.
The Libyan interior ministry said in a statement that Stevens died on Tuesday from smoke inhalation after a group of demonstrators attacked and set fire to the consulate building.
According to Libyan TV, the U.S. ambassador was on a short visit in Benghazi, when the angry protesters attacked the consulate.
We regret these events and pray to God to bless the souls of U.S. diplomats who were killed in Libya. The freedom of opinion that prevails America and its people, is a source of pride, but when this freedom is exploited to ridicule religion, more particularly the Islamic religion, then this becomes unacceptable.
Of course the demonstrations had a democratic appearance which was encouraged by Clinton to protest against the regime of Moammar Gaddafi and Hosni Mubarak, but Clinton was wrong, because freedom of opinion in the Arab world is a mess and not protest.
We deplore any touching or fight for religion. We are proud of our Islam, as well as the Quran and Prophet Muhammad. A bad attitude from a Muslim does not represent all Muslims, same as in all religions.
We hope that America would initiate untouchable rules to respect the beliefs. Moreover, America should always remember that the number of Muslims all over the world is over a billion. As these Muslims have to respect others beliefs, then respect of their religion is one of their major rights.