Muslim community’s rage over film mocking Prophet Mohammad refuses to wane as protests reach Australia. Al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based branch urges future violence against US diplomats in retribution
The Yemen-based branch of al-Qaeda urged Muslims to step up protests and kill more US diplomats in Muslim countries in retribution over “Muslim Innocence,” a US-produced film mocking the Prophet Mohammad. Al-Qaeda described the film as “another chapter in the crusader wars” against Islam.
“Whoever comes across America’s ambassadors or emissaries should follow the example of Omar al-Mukhtar’s descendants, who killed the American ambassador,” the group said, referring to Tuesday’s attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which claimed the lives of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other members of the US mission.
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“Let the step of kicking out the embassies be a step towards liberating Muslim countries from the American hegemony,” a statement posted on the group’s website on Saturday said.
“The incident is so huge that the resources of the nation should be pooled together to kick out the embassies of America from Muslim lands,” it said.
Also on Saturday, hundreds of Muslims protested against “Muslim Innocence,” in central Sydney, Australian media reported.
According to ABC Australia, crowds gathered outside the United States Consulate in New South Wales, and spread from there, through the city’s streets to Hyde Park.
According to the report, the protest’s organizers fanned the flames by sending a mass text message saying: “We must defend the honor of our prophet, we must act now.”
The group was made up of Muslim men, women and children of all ages.