September 11 Anniversary: Protest in Cairo

Film about Islam and Mohammed sparks demonstration outside U.S. embassy.
3:00 | 09/11/12

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But we begin tonight with a tense and volatile scene unfolding today at the american embassy in cairo, egypt. Egypt, still america's ally, but today demonstrators scaled the walls of the embassy, pulled down an american flag and destroyed it and replaced it with a black flag bearing an islamic declaration of fate. And the source from all the fury, a film made in the u.S. Which the protesters say insults islam. Abc's alex marquardt is in the region tonight. Reporter: Hundreds of angry demonstrators descended on the american embassy in cairo. Some managed to scale the embassy's high walls pulling down an american flag and ripping it to shreds. Others waved black flags that looked like those of al qaeda. One man scaled a flagpole while others lit flares much the protesters are furious about a movie which appears to have been made in america that they say insults the pro muhammad beyond the insults any depiction of mohamed is forbidden. Danish embassies were attacked after a cartoon was published. It's being promoted by pastor terry jones who infamous/burned a koran in 2010. He said the movie is "not designed to attack muslims but to show the destructive ideology of islam." "They have to arrest this priest" this christian protester said while this woman held a sign that said do you want war with muslims much the embassy knew something was brewing after they were sent parts of the film asking their involvement. The ambassador and most of his staff left the complex ahead of the protests. Meanwhile, diane, the american consulate in benghazi, libya was also attacked tonight. That incident believed to have also been sparked by that same controversial film. As for cairo, the protests have now quieted. The american embassy tells us all staff are safe and accounted for.

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