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    » 09/17/2012, 00.00

    LEBANON - ISLAM

    Hezbollah launches a week of protests against anti-Islam film

    Paul Dakiki

    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.

    Beirut (AsiaNews) - A few hours after the conclusion of Benedict XVI's visit to Lebanon, in a televised address the Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, announced seven days of protests against a blasphemous film about Muhammad and against the United States, where it was produced.

    Nasrallah pointed out that he intentionally waited for the departure of Benedict XVI before launching the initiative. " Those who should be held accountable, punished, prosecuted and boycotted are those directly responsible for this film and those who stand behind them and those who support and protect them, primarily the United States of America". He said that Arab and Islamic governments should press for an enforceable international law banning insults to Islam and other religions."

    Nasrallah also asked Muslim Arab countries to press for an international law prohibiting insults to Islam and other religions.

    The protests will be held this afternoon in Beirut, in the southern suburbs, where Hezbollah has a very strong following, on Wednesday in Tyre, Baalbek Friday and Saturday in Bint Jbeil, Sunday in Hermel and eastern Bekaa.

    He also asked Muslims around the world to demonstrate against the film which, he described as "the worst attack ever on Islam, worse than The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, the burning of the Koran in Afghanistan and the cartoons in the European media."


    Just a few days ago, the United States launched some sanctions against the Hezbollah leader Nasrallah and two others for their support for Bashar al-Assad. Since 2001, the U.S. considers Hezbollah a terrorist group.

    In Lebanon, in these days of the Pope's visit there were no demonstrations against the film except in northern Lebanon, in Tripoli, where the population is predominantly Sunni.

    But the protests against the blasphemous film are spreading in much of the Islamic world, supported mostly by fundamentalist Muslims. This morning, about 1,000 people demonstrated in Kabul (Afghanistan). Yesterday a rally in Karachi (Pakistan) ended with clashes between police and demonstrators, with one dead.

    Most governments in the Islamic world, while condemning the film, however, are distancing themselves from the violence and protests that followed, most notably Libya, where on the night of September 11, the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked and Ambassador Chris Stevens and three staff members killed.

    Yesterday, on a US television broadcast, president of Libya's interim assembly Magarief Mohammed said that his government has arrested 50 people connected to the consulate attack. Magarief said some of those arrested are not Libyans, and are linked to al-Qaida, from Mali and Algeria. He called the others who were arrested "sympathizers of al Qaeda."

    But Libyan interior minister Fawzi Abdel A'al has said that only four people were arrested, while the other - about 50 - have only been detained for questioning.

    According Magarief, the attack on the consulate was planned some months before by "foreigners" who used protests against the blasphemous film to attack the target.

    In contrast, Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the UN, said yesterday that the government's preliminary information indicates that the  attack on the consulate was not planned.

     

     

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    14/09/2012 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.

    07/05/2008 LEBANON
    Gunfire, bombs, people wounded in Beirut over the strike supported by Hezbollah
    The demonstration called to protest the economic situation turned into a "shove" against the government. Although planned for some time, the protest came the day following the government's decision to oppose firmly any initiative of the Party of God.

    22/06/2011 LEBANON
    Beirut bans film on Tehran’s Green Wave
    No official explanation, new government under scrutiny, after sources close to the previous government revealed that Iranian ambassador requested the film be stopped. "Green Days" was in program at the festival dedicated to "Forbidden Films."

    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.

    18/09/2012 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.



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