Tue, September 11, 2012
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Protesters surrounding U.S. embassy in Cairo over movie insulting Prophet

2012-09-11 19:25:36 GMT2012-09-12 03:25:36(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CAIRO, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Several thousands of Egyptians protested Tuesday in front of the U.S. embassy in Cairo against a movie which insults the Prophet Mohammed, state media reported.

Some protestors pulled down the American flag, expressing their anger over a movie produced by some Coptic migrants in the United States which insulted the Prophet Mohammed, according to Ahram website's statement.

The protesters, most of whom salafists, surrounded the embassy, chanting "we sacrifice our soul and blood for Islam," the statement said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy in Cairo condemned bids by some individuals to hurt the feeling of Muslims.

A statement issued by the embassy said "respecting religious beliefs is the corner stone of the American democracy," adding that "we reject acts by those misusing the freedom of expression in offending other religions."

Arab League (AL) Deputy Secretary General Ahmed bin Heli said in a statement earlier on Tuesday that the AL denounced the movie insulting the prophet.

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