Friday is traditionally the biggest day of protests in the Muslim world. Today protests and riots have erupted across the globe, at least partly driven by a 14-minute video clip insulting the Prophet.Here’s Via Meadia‘s roundup of the days events so far:A map of where protests are happening (courtesy of the Atlantic):[iframe width=”100%” height=”300″ src=”https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=201645180959880549419.0004c9a894dfb66defab9&msa=0″]View Muslim Protests in a larger map.The NYT reports from Cairo:
…protesters [are] throwing rocks and gasoline bombs near the American Embassy and the police firing tear gas.In Lebanon, one person was killed and 25 injured as protesters attacked restaurants, while in Sudan demonstrations flared outside of the German and British embassies. There was also turmoil in Yemen, Bangladesh, Qatar, Kuwait, and Iraq. Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem, and held protests in the West Bank and Gaza.
There have been protests in India (where the Chennai consulate was breached), Bangladesh, Kashmir (where protestors chanted “Down with America” and “Down with Israel”), Pakistan, Indonesia, Sudan (where rioters stormed the German embassy) and elsewhere.In Chennai, where WRM visited American diplomats just a few weeks ago, the Telegraph reports: “Indian police have arrested 86 people … after protesters attacked the US consulate and burned an effigy of Barack Obama. ‘They smashed the window panes, surveillance camera and tried to scale over the compound wall, but we dispersed them while exercising restraint,’ a senior police officer said.” Via Meadia reiterates its support for the staff of all U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.In Tunisia, protestors set fire to the embassy and to an American school.Photos of widespread riots and fighting available here. Live feeds of events are here here here and here.