1 American Dead in Egypt, Libya Protests

Film from US that ridicules Mohammed sparks outrage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 11, 2012 3:56 PM CDT
Updated Sep 11, 2012 6:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – Protesters climbed the walls of the US embassy in Egypt's capital today and brought down the American flag, replacing it with a black Islamist flag to protest a US-produced film attacking the Prophet Mohammed. Hours later, armed men in eastern Libya stormed the US consulate in Benghazi and set it on fire as anger spread. A Libyan security official says one American consulate employee was shot dead in the assault and another was wounded in the hand. Details were still sketchy.

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The origins of the video are a bit murky, but a trailer in English on YouTube ridicules Mohammed as a fraud, a womanizer, and a madman. It reportedly depicts him having sex and calling for masseuses. Morris Sadek, an Egyptian-born Christian in the US known for his anti-Islam views, said he was promoting the video on his website and on TV. Sam Bacile, an American citizen who said he produced, directed, and wrote the two-hour film, said he had not anticipated such a furious reaction. Both said the main point of the film is intended to show how Coptic Christians are oppressed in Egypt, a reflection of their contention that Islam is inherently oppressive. For several days, Egyptian media have been playing excerpts and blaming Sadek for it. (Read more Egypt stories.)

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