While mobs across the world protest in anger over an American anti-Islam film, Tunisia raises a black Islamic flag above the U.S. embassy after it was attacked by a mob of protestors today.
According to the Daily Mail, American symbols and embassies have been targeted around the world ever since Tuesday’s raid on the American consulate in Libya, resulting in the deaths of an American ambassador and three others.
In Tunis, a mob targeted the U.S. embassy compound, setting cars on fire and tearing down American flags to replace them with the symbol of Islam. It is believed that the embassy was empty of any U.S. staff. Outside of the embassy, protestors climbed the walls, raised a flag which expressed the Muslim profession of faith, and chanted ‘Obama, Obama, we are all Osamas.’
Police arrived at the scene and fired tear gas and also shot live rounds, killing two and injuring 28. Several dozen demonstrators were able to enter the embassy grounds, where they set fire to cars parked in the lot outside the building.
This incident is one of the worst today in a series of protests and demonstrations in dozens of countries, including: Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, Jerusalem, Sudan, Bangladesh, India, and several others.
All of this violence and anger stems from the 14-minute trailer for a movie called The Innocence of Muslims. The video was posted on YouTube by American producers and has resulted in the turmoil seen in dozens of Islamic countries.
In Yemen, protesters attacked American fast food chains KFC and Hardee’s.
Fast food chains were the target of many countries, as protestors in Lebanon opened fire at one restaurant, resulting in the death of one protestor and the injuries of 25. In Tripoli, a KFC was set on fire after a mob entered the restaurant with masks.
Along with American restaurants, embassies are another main target. Protestors in Sudan attempted to enter the U.S. embassy, but were quickly removed, as a spokesman said ‘they didn’t get far.’
Adding to the list of protests are those in Bangladesh and India, where thousands have taken to the streets.
Egyptians also took to the streets, protesting and expressing outrage for the film. One demonstrator shouted ‘Before the police, we were attacked by Obama.’ Another protestor held a banner that said ‘It is the duty of all Muslims and Christians to kill Morris Sadek and Sam Bacile and everyone who participated in the film.’
Riots were seen blocks away from the U.S. embassy in Cairo, while Obama broadcasted an appeal to Muslims to help protect the U.S. embassies.
The protests have many wondering if the U.S. should cut the billions of dollars it sends to Egypt for aid.
Currently, the U.S. supplies over $1.5 billion in aid to the country. Obama, however, has not made comments about cutting the aid, telling Telemundo, “I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy.”
He also explained that they were a new government “trying to find its way" and that we will have to see how they would “respond to this incident.”
Meanwhile, countries across the globe feel unsafe, as the Libyan government has closed the air space above Benghazi for “security measures.”
Although many believe the militants who attacked the consulate in Libya did so separately from the protests over the film, U.S. officials fear that extremist will take advantage of non-violent demonstrations to copy the Benghazi killings.
Some believe the protests will only get worse, as top Israeli Arab Knesset official Taleb el-Sana said an “Armageddon” is to come if the United Nations does not intervene.
After Friday prayers, Egypt’s rulling Muslim Brotherhood have called for demonstrations, as did authorities in Iran and the Gaza strip. Protests are also expected in Baghdad, Basra, Amman, Jordan, and Israel after Muslim prayers.
Today is historically a day where protests occur in the Muslim world. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that "It is important to note that as these protest are taking place in different countries around the world, responding to the movie, that Friday, tomorrow, has historically been a day where there are protests in the Muslim world.”
The White House has condemned the content of the film sparking the riots, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said “the United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video, we absolutely reject its content and message. To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.”
Intelligence will be examined to determine if the events in Benghazi could have been predicted beforehand, but the main focus now is to find out who is responsible.
President Barack Obama warned of the consequences of attacking Americans and provoking terror at a campaign event in Golden, Colorado.
“All those who do us harm: no act of terror will go unpunished. I will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. No act of violence shakes the resolve of the United States of America," he said.