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Protests Continue As Filmmaker Of Muhammad Film Is Revealed

Joseph Krassenstein |
September 20, 2012 | 5:04 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Ambassador Chris Stevens (Creative Commons)
Ambassador Chris Stevens (Creative Commons)

Earlier in the week a movie was released that negatively depicts the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The movie was originally thought to be written and directed by Israeli-Jewish filmmaker, Sam Bacile. However, in a recent story released by CBC, the man behind the film has actually been identified as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian with a “checkered past” who used the name Sam Bacile as an alias. 

The movie has gone viral, prompting worldwide protest and anger. 

The two-hour movie titled "Innocence of Muslims" was produced in the United States and was financed with the help of more than 100 Jewish and Christian donors. According to the Guardian, the film claims Muhammad was a fraud and depicts him as a “feckless philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse.” 

Much like the Danish newspaper’s publication in 2005, which had 12 caricatures of the prophet, this movie has already provoked worldwide protest in Muslim countries.

Earlier in the week, the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was overrun in a protest and resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and several others. 

The U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia, was attacked by angry demonstrators, which resulted in the deaths of three people and injuring 28 others. An American school in Tunis was also set on fire. 

Burning U.S. Flag in Pakistan
Burning U.S. Flag in Pakistan

The protests in Egypt led by hundreds of university students were wild and serious, but have seemed to die down in the past week after police and riot police broke up the protests. The protesters tried to break into the highly fortified U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Numerous American establishments including several McDonald’s restaurants have been set aflame.  

Protests have also erupted in the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia and Malaysia. In Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country, about 400 protesters threw rocks at police outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta injuring 11 officers. Hundreds more protesters also rallied outside the U.S. embassy in Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia protesting that the U.S. government ban the film. 

Most recently, protests have erupted in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. The total number of protesters has reach around 5,000 with around 50 people injured as police fired tear gas and live rounds towards crowds. Police continue to disperse the crowd. 

 

Angry Protesters in Cairo
Angry Protesters in Cairo

 



 

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rbrauer on September 20, 2012 6:03 PM

So far at least seven have been killed in the attacks following the "Prophet" video. Four--an American ambassador and three colleges-- plus three in Tunisia were lost in the protests. But all of this can't be caused simply by a viral video. North Africa is tumultuous currently. A YouTube clip with a low budget and bad acting may be the spark but the gasoline is the relative swing of power into the hands of the Libyan and Tunisian people as their governments fail to act.

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