» 09/14/2012, 00.00
LIBYA - ISLAM
Arrests in Benghazi over U.S. consulate attack as Islamic world rises against Mohammed film
Authors of attack still unknown, some suggest the influence of Al Qaeda, others groups still loyal to Gaddafi. The arrested are questioned, but so far without result. In many Islamic countries demonstrations in front of the U.S. Embassy to criticize the blasphemous film. Today, Friday ', the day of prayer, a new wave of demonstrations expected. Yesterday in Egypt there were 224 injuries and 23 arrests. In Yemen four people were killed and 34 injured. In Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia Youtube blocked. Muslim leaders condemn the film and the anti-US violence.
(AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Libyan authorities have arrested several people
suspected of having instigated and participated in the assault and burning of
the U.S. consulate. The
U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three members of his staff, as well as
10 Libyan guards were killed in the attack. Meanwhile,
demonstrations against the blasphemous film about Muhammad have spread like
wildfire across the Islamic world. Governments
ask for the film to be blocked, but also condemn the violence against U.S.
Libyan Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shaqur says that investigations into the attack
on the consulate are making progress. Those arrested have been
most likely hypothesis is that the demonstration against the film was
engineered specifically to prepare the attack. It
is thought that the authors are well-armed militants, although no one has yet officially
claimed responsibility for the terrorist act. Some
experts believe it was terrorists linked to al Qaeda in Pakistan and North
Africa. Others suggest
the hand of those still loyal to Gaddafi.
the U.S. embassies around the world have been put under tight security, after thousands
of demonstrators managed to storm the walls and burn the American flag of the consulates
in Egypt and Yemen.
Sanaa (Yemen), in clashes with security
forces, there were four dead and 34 injured.
Egypt a crowd of thousands of people
stationed along the road leading to the embassy for three days and yesterday clashed
with the police. At
least 224 people were injured in the clashes, some police cars were torched and
23 protesters were arrested.
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has accused the Americans and Zionists of making "mad
and hateful" the anti-Islam film and a group of students demonstrated
outside the Swiss embassy, which mediates U.S. interests in Iran.
Iraq, thousands of supporters of
Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr marched in Baghdad, Najaf and Kirkuk, threatening
to endanger American interests in the country.
In Kuwait at least 200 people
demonstrated outside the U.S. embassy carrying banners with messages like:
"USA, stop the bull ..... Respect" (see photo).
Nigeria, the police are on alert and
strengthened security around foreign embassies. In
Bangladesh, thousands of people
wanted to get to the U.S. Embassy, but were stopped by the army.
Gaza, thousands of Palestinians
marched demanding an apology from the U.S. for the offense to Muhammad.
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, governments have asked Google to block the
viewing of clips from the movie posted on Youtube.
every Islamic country a new wave of demonstrations are expected for today, a
day of prayer in the mosques.
governments, while condemning the provocation of the film, also condemned the Islamist
Arabia has condemned the production of the film by an American Jew as
"irresponsible", but also deplored "the violent reactions in
various countries against American interests."
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, currently in Brussels, denounced
"assault or insult against our prophet," but also unreservedly
condemned the violent attacks. The
Muslim Brotherhood has launched a non-violent demonstration today in front of
all the great mosques of Egypt, also inviting the Coptic Christians.
Libya, demonstrations took place yesterday of people who condemned the violent
attack on the U.S. consulate.
17/09/2012 LEBANON - ISLAM
Hezbollah launches a week of protests against anti-Islam film
The leader of the Shiite militants waited for Pope Benedict XVI’s departure from Lebanon. Seven days of demonstrations around the country. Islamic countries must apply for an international law prohibiting insults to Islam and other religions. In Libya 50 people arrested and detained linked to the U.S. consulate attack, where Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed. Libyan President says leaders of the attack, planned months before, are members of al Qaeda.
13/09/2012 LIBYA - USA
Destroyers and marines sent to Tripoli, in anti-Islam film "war"
Obama and Clinton express outrage and shock. The attack on the consulate in Benghazi, may have been premeditated. The U.S. ambassador died of suffocation. With him three US staff and 10 Libyans were killed. The director of the film against Muhammad goes into hiding and describes Islam as a "cancer." Arabic translator of the film unknown. The tensions in Libya (and Egypt) add to those between Obama and Netanyahu on Iranian nuclear issue.
22/09/2012 LIBYA - ISLAM
Young Libyans attack Salafi militants base
The people, tired of the violence and armed gangs, burned the headquarters of Ansar al-Sharia, the group suspected of killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. The population refuses to accept the militia oppression or imposition of a fundamentalist Islam.
Anti-US protests, moderate Muslims condemn violence
In Kabul, a female suicide bomber blew herself up near the airport, killing 12 people, including nine foreigners. But declarations and acts to stop the violence gain momentum. Today, the organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) condemned the killing of U.S. Ambassador in Libya. In Pakistan, protests had taken on an anti-Christian drift, but in Hyderabad, in Sindh a group of young Muslim men stopped an attack by extremists against a Catholic hospital. In the Philippines, Muslim rebels of the MILF invite the Muslim population to avoid violence. Voices against attacks in Indonesia and Egypt.
29/09/2012 PHILIPPINES - ISLAM
Mindanao, Muslim leaders appeal for calm over anti-Islam film
The President of the Conference of Ulema urges people not to get carried away by "troublemakers". Violence, he adds, "is contrary" to the dictates "of the holy prophet" Mohammed. Muslim scholar calls for a joint effort because "Christians and Muslims can co-exist" in peace.
VATICAN - JAPAN
Pope to Japanese Bishops: Be the salt and light of society, even going against the trends
During the pastoral visit of Card. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of Propaganda Fide, to the Land of the Rising Sun, Pope Francis urges the bishops and the Japanese Church to renew their missionary commitment to society, marked by suicides, divorces, religious formalism, material and spiritual poverty. The request to collaborate with ecclesial movements, perhaps in memory of the controversy with the Neocatechumenal Way.
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