Massive prophet movie march in Beirut

2012-09-17 18:12

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Beirut - Thousands of Lebanese protesters chanting "Death to America, Death to Israel" marched through Beirut's Shi'ite southern suburbs on Monday in protest against a film made in the United States which mocks the Prophet Muhammad.

"America, hear us - don't insult our Prophet," chanted the marchers at the demonstration, called for by the leader of the Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

The peaceful protest, which came after a weekend of violent demonstrations across Arab capitals in which several US embassies were attacked, stayed well away from US mission on the city's northeastern outskirts.

It followed a three-day visit to Lebanon by Pope Benedict, who used his trip to call for reconciliation between Muslims and Christians.

On Friday, one person was killed in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli in protests against the film which depicts the prophet as a womaniser and homosexual.

The US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed last week in an attack on the consulate in Benghazi.

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