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Syrians switch ire from Assad to anti-Islam film

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 01:31

Sept 22 - Syrians in an opposition area, usually seen protesting against President Bashar al-Assad, voice anger over the U.S.-made anti-Mohammad film. Jessica Gray reports.

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A bitter civil war responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands hasn't stopped Syrians from protesting a low-budget U.S. film demeaning to Islam. On Friday, residents of the embattled Idlib province say they share the outrage spreading across the Muslim world over the crude, independent production. This man says Muslims must take action and stop others from insulting the Prophet Mohammad. Protests against the video continue to spread around the world. Hundreds of burqua-clad girls in Northern India gathered at a primary school on Saturday, chanting anti-U.S. slogans. A day before, Lebanese Islamists also congregated in Beirut's central district to vent their anger over the independent film. Thousands of kilometres away, Brazilians showed their solidarity against the short film with a march in Sao Paulo over the weekend. In response, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that her country is beefing up security at embassies and consulates globally. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON SAYING: "We are monitoring events closely today. There is no higher priority for President Obama and myself than the safety of our people. We have taken a number of steps around the world to augment security and to protect our personnel at diplomatic posts. And we are working closely with host governments in this effort." Several people have died and scores more wounded in the attacks on U.S. and Western embassies across the Arab region.

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Syrians switch ire from Assad to anti-Islam film

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 01:31