‘Bad Friday’: Summary of anti-US protests, Deaths

Friday is a holy day in the Muslim world, a day off, like the Jewish sabbath or Christian sunday, when Muslims attend mosque and have Friday Prayers.  Sermons take place and it is frequently a flash point for street protests, insurrection and violence.  Fortuitously because it is a day off, most embassy staff were not at work.

Predictably, violence erupted across the Middle East following Friday Prayers.  It was not ‘Good Friday.’  I stopped counting at 13 countries last night, where protests were being mounted outside US embassies or national mosques in those countries, burning of American flags, etc.

Here is a summary:

The Pentagon has rushed to bolster security at its foreign missions. It sent a “fast” platoon of Marines to Yemen to bolster U.S. embassy security after clashes in Sanaa.

In Tunisia three people were killed and more than two dozen wounded. Tunis was the cradle of last year’s Arab Spring uprisings for democracy.

In the Sudanese capital Khartoum one person died after thousands of people stormed the US embassy where there is wider anger at Western attitudes to Islam.

In Benghazi, US military drones were shot at by anti-aircraft fire.

In Yemen, 50 marines landed while police battled hundreds of young men around the US mission.

In Lebanon, incredibly Pope Benedict arrived for a three-day visit. Can we imagine what would happen if the Pope (leader of the world’s largest faith) was attacked, kidnapped, or killed? We should remember that Hezbollah fires Russian rockets into Israeli suburbs on a regular basis. In the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli there were 5,000 protesters  chanting “there is no God but God and Mohammed is his Prophet”. 

In the Sudan the German embassy was attacked, because of a Imam sermon denouncing anti-Muslim graffiti on German mosques.

Libya closed its airspace over the second city’s airport for a time because of heavy anti-aircraft fire by Islamists aiming at US reconnaissance drones flying over the city.

In Cairo where the largest protests are taking place, two Islamist preachers told worshippers that those who made the movie deserved to die under Islamic law but urged protesters not to take their anger out on diplomats.

In Sinai militants opened fire on an international observer base near El Gorah, close to the borders of Israel and the Gaza Strip, and burned tyres.

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A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well. John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his 50s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has an MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII). Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities. RIDER: This site is not connected to nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.
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