US Embassy Yemen: Protests Over Anti-Islam Movie Spread

The offending movie clip has now been viewed in YouTube 1,486,019. Viewers in Egypt and Libya are now blocked from viewing that video.  It has been ordered blocked in Afghanistan.  And the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has reportedly scrambled to block the same video with Pakistani operators “proactively working to block the offending video “wherever it appears.”

Since the protests still appear to be spreading, one has to wonder if anyone on the streets has even seen the clip or the movie or if they are now simply being fueled by rumors.

Reuters is reporting that demonstrators attacked the U.S. embassies in Yemen and Egypt on Thursday in protest at a film they consider blasphemous to Islam.

Hundreds of Yemenis broke through the main gate of the heavily fortified compound in the capital Sanaa, shouting “We sacrifice ourselves for you, Messenger of God”. They smashed windows of security offices outside the embassy and burned cars.

Our embassies in Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Pakistan, Sudan, Jerusalem, Moldova, Nigeria, Algeria, Zambia, Burundi, , Tunisia and Zambia have also issued warnings of possible anti-American protests.  The protests have already spread to Iraq and Bangladesh.

Here is a clip via Al Jazeera English:

From Benghazi to Baghdad, violent protests are sweeping across the Middle East. The riots are in reaction to an anti-Islamic movie made in the United States. At the embassy in Sana’a, men attacked the US embassy and tore down its gates. And in Egypt, police fired tear gas to hold back the crowds. Charles Stratford reports.

If there are reasonable people left out there who can get howling mad without breaking all the dishes and burning down the house, can we please hear from them?  My heart is sick, take care everyone.