Transcript for Hezbollah Leader Issues Ultimatum to America
the big picture of the muslim protests around the world. Today the biggest demonstration so far incited by a longtime american adversary, and seven other nations while sporadic demonstrations most of them denouncing that strange am tour anti-muslim film. Tonight is the danger growing or cooling down? Alex marquardt starts off off in beirut. Alex. Reporter: Good evening, diane. The protests today were bigger than anything we've seen in the region or beyond. It was organized by the powerful group hezbollah, whose leader today had a very stark warning for america. A massive show of anger today. Everyone from boy scouts to clerics poured into the streets. Then a surprise, a rare public appearance by the leader of hezbollah, a militant group with the real power here. He's called the film which ridicules the prophet mohammed, the worst insult to islam ever. And today warned that if the u.S. Doesn't move to ban the film, there will be serious repercussions against the u.S. All around the world. Inside the u.S. Embassy here tonight, there are reports that they are shredding classified documents because of the protests. The anger in this rally goes well beyond the film. The chants of "death to america" evidence of the fury against an american government that allows these sorts of insults against islam. Do you believe that people should have the free some of speech? Freedom to do whatever they want? Yeah, but not when it comes to religion. Reporter: There were anti-film protests in at least seven other countries today, including indonesia, pakistan, afghanistan, yemen and the west bank. But elsewhere, the protests have eased. Egypt, where it all began, has been quiet. In libya, nothing since the attack that killed four americans, including the ambassador. As for the ambassador, the u.S. Government believes that he died of smoke inhalation from the fires set on the compound. Libyans say he was found alive. The u.S. Is still investigating the attack, believing that extremists turned an anti-film protest into an assault. Back here in hleb ton tonight, no sign the anger is going away. Hezbollah issued a call for four more protests this week and four more elsewhere. Thank you very much.
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