Friday, September 21, 2012

Deadly Protests Over Anti-Muslim Video Continue Despite Attempts to Keep Them Peaceful

According to the Christian Science Monitor, today protests over the controversial video Innocence of Muslims turned deadly in Pakistan as 17 people were killed and dozens were injured. The Pakistani government had declared today "Love for the Prophet Day" and had encouraged peaceful protests. The U.S. Embassy spent $70,000 on Pakistani TV ads showing President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton denouncing the video.  The ads were in English with Urdu subtitles. Meanwhile, ABC News surveys the demonstrations against the film in a dozen countries around the world which have led to the deaths of at least 47 people.

UPDATE: Pakistan's Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour on Saturday, speaking for himself and not the government, offered a reward to members of the Taliban and al-Qaeda if they would take part a "noble deed". As reported by al-Jazeera, Bilour said: "I announce today that this blasphemer who has abused the holy prophet, if somebody will kill him, I will give that person a prize of $100,000."  Meanwhile, as reported Saturday by CNN, Egypt's influential Grand Mufti, Ali Gomaa, while strongly criticizing the video, called for Muslims to react peacefully, saying: "These cartoons spread hatred, and we call for peace." He urged Muslims to react as the Prophet himself would, ""through patience and wisdom."