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Anti-American protests continue in Cairo

2012-09-12 01:23:27 GMT2012-09-12 09:23:27(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Egyptians protested at the U.S. Embassy in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

U.S. embassy in Cairo was attacked on Tuesday by demonstrators.

Sina English

Most of the protesters at the U.S. Embassy in the Egyptian capital Cairo have gone home. However several dozen people continue to protest and are demanding the expulsion of the American ambassador and are praising the leader of "al-Qaeda" Osama bin Laden who the US assassinated.

On Tuesday, several hundred people gathered at the diplomatic mission, chanting anti-American slogans.

They were protesting a recently released American film, which, in their opinion, insults the Prophet Muhammad.

As reported by the local media, the security forces protecting the diplomatic mission were forced to open fire on the angry crowd after several Egyptians pulled down and destroyed an American flag and tried to get inside the well-fortified complex.

By evening, the embassy was surrounded by army and police units.

US flag torn down from Cairo embassy

The situation surrounding the U.S. embassy in the Egyptian capital Cairo, which was attacked on Tuesday by demonstrators, remains tense.

The diplomatic mission is surrounded by a "human shield" made up of law enforcement officers who have pushed back the protesters.

Earlier, hundreds of people, mostly Salafists and aggressive-minded fans of local soccer clubs, gathered at the diplomatic mission, chanting anti-American slogans.

The demonstration turned into a riot when several of its members climbed the embassy walls and tore up the American flag and in its place hoisted a black banner with the words, "There is no God but Allah."

The participants are protesting the showing of an American movie, which, in their view, offends Muslims.

 

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