September 11th, 2012
02:21 PM ET

Protestors storm US Embassy in Cairo

By the CNN Wire Staff

Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and hauled down the American flag, replacing it with a black standard with Islamic emblems, apparently in protest of the production of a film thought to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

The incident prompted a volley of warning shots to be fired as a large crowd gathered outside, said CNN producer Mohammed Fahmy, who was on the scene.

The replacement flag read, "There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger."

Others expressed more general grievances about U.S. policy, chanting anti-American slogans and holding up bits of a shredded American flag to television camera crews in front of the embassy.

An embassy operator told CNN that the facility had been cleared of diplomatic personnel earlier Tuesday, ahead of the apparent threat, while Egyptian riot police were called to help secure the area.

The U.S. Embassy said in a statement Tuesday that it "condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims - as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."

"Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy," the statement said. "We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."

The incident occurred on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, as crowds gathered in somber remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people killed that day.

It is not clear which film upset the protesters in Cairo.

In 2008, an anti-Muslim and anti-immigration parliamentarian from The Netherlands sparked international outcry when he produced a film that portrayed Islam as a violent religion.

Geert Wilders' film "Fitna," which he released online, featured images of terrorist acts superimposed over verses from the Quran.

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  1. OffTheWorldPolitics

    I watched that stupid clip from that piece of trash these idiots are calling a "movie". I can't believe these protesters are so blind they don't know when they are being manipulated. More effort goes into making porn. This whole thing was cooked for the sole purpose of effecting the elections. Just like that Obama 2016 hit job movie was bank rolled by Jewish producers out of Hollywood. Whoever made this hateful insensitive "movie" to start trouble needs to know that people died as a direct result of it. Those people that died THEIR BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS...

    September 11, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Reply
    • OffTheWorldPolitics

      That guy with the tattoos was also in this clip. I wonder how much they paid him to provoke an ignorant mob into killing Americans? 100 bucks? 20 bucks? You like reality tv so much they should start a show called the "The Running Man". You can be the star of the show, you could be a millionaire! Give it a few years...

      September 12, 2012 at 12:00 am | Reply
  2. OffTheWorldPolitics

    These people took down the flag and tore it up on U.S. soil. How does freedom of expression feel? Cherish it, Mubarak would have never allowed it...

    September 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
    • John Wayne Gacy

      And what crime was committed?

      September 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  3. John Wayne Gacy

    Is that what it looks like when your step-dad rams his HIV infested c0ck up your hungry @sshole?

    September 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
    • Troll Catcher

      Someone is very lonely and desperate for attention.

      September 12, 2012 at 7:52 am | Reply
  4. OffTheWorldPolitics

    You forgot to mention Theo van Gogh who was murdered in 2004 for a film he directed that was critical of women in Islam.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • OffTheWorldPolitics

      *critical of how Islam regards women....

      September 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • John Wayne Gacy

      Who gives a sh!t about some Dutch "film maker"? You couldn't find Holland on a map.

      September 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  5. Kiki

    Someone dissed Mohammed? Who cares! Jesus said, "Thou shalt have NO OTHER Gods before me" and He said it because He knows the future and He knows there are those who think some muslim is the same as Christ is.....but, ah,no. The day of revelation is on it's way.....God trumps everyone. Radical muslims will learn the hard way.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
    • John Wayne Gacy

      Suck my c0ck you f*****g retard.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  6. Swimming the Nile, Climbing the Cheops

    Egypt could take lesson from India experience below. The threads are common though the parallel may deviate somewhat in terms of caste system which Islam (unlike Hinduism) does not condone.

    "Experimental Democracy" has failed in India. An experiment that was being shoved down India's throat by western countries too eager to propagate their own values on a country that was trying to decolonize itself while trying to shed the communist skin of being a Soviet ally. India was thus trapped. What has become evident now is that this "Experimental Democracy" has marginalized the country. The marginalized groups of the country – Dalits and ‘backward’ castes/classes, indigenous ‘tribal’ people and religious minorities have been disenfranchised. "The belief that corruption is the important issue in the country is shared only by the minority living in urban areas and towns who have been beneficiaries of economic liberalization policies mandated by western countries. The most important challenges of Indian society remain as follows: justice, social and economic equality and equal access to certain standards of life for all Indians. “While India seems too eager to please its western masters and put on a progressive and softer face for CNN for public consumption, people see through it. The consequences of this "Band – Aid" approach will be brutal for India geo-politically when it realizes that the GDP statistics that it has been relying to gage its progress has not amounted to much in the long run

    September 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  7. Tom

    "Arab Spring" in full bloom. Obama is such a light weight.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • John Wayne Gacy

      Suck my c0ck you f*****g retard

      September 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply

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