Hezbollah leader calls for continued protests

1:01 AM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah (c), escorted by his bodyguards, waves to a crowd during a rally denouncing an anti-Islam film that has provoked a week of unrest in Muslim countries worldwide
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BEIRUT -- There may be no end in sight to the protests in the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film.

In Lebanon Monday, the leader of the country's powerful Hezbollah group called for sustained protests. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has rarely been seen in public during the past several years, because of fears of an assassination. But he spoke for about 15 minutes before hundreds of thousands of cheering supporters.

Nasrallah said the U.S. must ban the movie and have it removed from the Internet. And he called on his followers to keep up the pressure. He said, "As long as there's blood in us, we will not remain silent over insults against our prophet."

Unlike protests elsewhere, the demonstration was peaceful.

But amid the anti-American protests, diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut have started to destroy classified material as a security precaution, and they sent local Lebanese employees home early.

Copts, Muslims denounce Middle East violence 

Coptic Christian and Muslim leaders in Los Angeles are jointly condemning the violence blamed on an anti-Islamic film that's been linked to a California filmmaker.

Bishop Serapion says Nakoula Basseley Nakoula called him to deny making the film. The bishop says he responded that whoever did make the film was not representing either Christianity or the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Maher Hathout, a senior official with the Muslim Public Affairs Council, agreed that those who denigrate religion are not true Christians and that those who react violently are not true Muslims.

Hathout said Muslims are secure in their religion and should not try to harm the filmmaker in retaliation.


Associated Press

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