Protesters torch US school in Tunis

2012-09-14 19:10

Tunis - Angry Tunisian protesters on Friday attacked and set fire to a US school in the capital, located close to the embassy, which they stormed despite police firing tear gas and warning shots, official media reported.

"The protesters who attacked the US embassy in Tunis on Friday set fire to the building of an American school located near the embassy and ransacked the place," the TAP news agency reported, citing one of its journalists.

AP reported that firefighters were prevented from approaching by the large crowd. Thick columns of black smoke wafted through the neighbourhood.

Several dozen protesters briefly stormed the embassy compound, setting fire to cars and raising a flag with the Muslim profession of faith written on it as part of violent demonstrations in the region against an anti-Islam film.

Outside the embassy, thousands of demonstrators gathered, including stone-throwing protesters who clashed with police, an Associated Press reporter on the scene said.

Officers responded with tear gas and gunshots.

The group that breached the embassy's outer wall was pushed back outside by police and special forces.

A Tunisian employee of the embassy with an injured leg was taken out by stretcher to an ambulance.

It wasn't immediately clear if there were any other injuries.

Crowds angry over an anti-Muslim film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad have assaulted US embassies across the Middle East.

  • will.oosthuizen - 2012-09-15 03:32

    If Islam is such a "peaceful religion" I just wonder where are the moderate Islamists acting against these Islamist thugs and condemming what they do in the name of their prophet? I doubt if everyone in the crowd has even seen the video because I have internet and haven't seen it. So what? The video is simply a scape-goat, the real issue is the 9/11 commemoration with al-qaida instigators behind these attacks. Wake up!

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-09-15 05:15

      Watch it here:

      croix.mactee - 2012-09-15 08:51

      This is real hard evidence that Islamists are being provoked to do violent deeds - so that there can be justification for the retribution to come? We live in such a sick world - why can we not simply mind our own business and get on with our lives?

  • fatima.shaikjee - 2012-09-15 10:09

    As a muslim, the way they carrying on is totally against what islam teaches, but the americans who even allowed this movie to be screened is sitting back and enjoying what's happening, they adding salt to the wound over and over coz its what they want, to make everyone around the world hate muslims... And sadly by muslims(who are people to and get angry like anyone else) are giving them what they want - violence

      raymon.mcnelly - 2012-09-16 14:41

      Fatima, sorry but your anti-American rant just shows your true colours. It is not America trying to make the world hate Muslims.... Muslims are doing a good job of that themselves. It's Muslims like you who always wants to blame everyone else for the behavior of your fellow Muslims. Muslims kill because of films and cartoons, yet is silent on the murders, bombings and ''honor' killings. You hypocrisy is sickening.

      keith.montgomery.963 - 2012-09-16 16:14

      The best thing we can do for Fatima and for Muslims like her is to educate them about the concept of freedom and free societies. As difficult as it is for these people to grasp that the US government had absolutely nothing to do with the creation of the film, and that it isn't the result of a big conspiratorial "war against Islam", it is the truth that must somehow be conveyed. People in a free country are free. They can make offensive films. Everybody else is free to say how offended they are (including myself)... but not free to murder. No, President Obama didn't give permission to make this obscure, low-budget movie. Nobody gave permission. Permission was not required. Free country.

      raymon.mcnelly - 2012-09-16 19:03

      Keith- well said! 100% correct!

  • raymon.mcnelly - 2012-09-16 14:35

    How typically Islaam of them. 'Islam is the religion of peace and we'll kill you if you say otherwise.'

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