Over 100,000 Protest In Lebanese Streets Over Anti-Islam Video
Most of the marchers are wearing green and yellow headbands, indicating membership in Hezbollah. The phrase “At your service God’s Prophet” can be seen on the protesters’ headbands and banners.
Although the official number of participants has not been announced, the pictures show crowds of over a hundred thoudand people.The demonstrators’ ranks include white-turbaned Muslim clerics and thousands of other men and women.
So far, the rally stayed away from the US embassy. But reports suggest diplomats at the US Embassy in Beirut have started to destroy classified material as a security precaution.
“America, hear us – don’t insult our Prophet,” the protesters are chanting. Sporadic shouts of “Death to Israel” and “America is the biggest devil” can be heard from the crowd, RT’s Lucy Kafanov reports from the scene. A protester, nevertheless, told RT that their anger is not with the American people, but with the US goverment for allowing the film to spread and not apologizing.
The rally is split into two columns, with women marching separately from men. Some are holding portraits of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
Hassan Nasrallah has personally addressed the rally in a rare public appearance. Nasrallah announced the beginning of a global campaign to halt the screening and sharing of the provocative film ‘Innocence of Muslims.’ He stressed that the world does not understand Muslims’ deep reverence for the Prophet Muhammad.
“Prophet of God, we offer ourselves, our blood and our kin for the sake of your dignity and honor,” Reuters quoted Nasrallah as saying. This has become the key message of the rally.
The Lebanese political leader also called on the international community to criminalize insults to Islam as well as Christianity and Judaism.
“The US must understand that releasing the entire film will have very dangerous repercussions around the world,” Nasrallah said, according to Press-TV. He called for the movie’s creators to be punished appropriately.
Monday was Nasrallah’s fifth public appearance in six years, and the first time he made a full speech in person to thousands of his supporters since 2008. Nasrallah has been in hiding since 2006 when Hezbollah fought a month-long war with Israel.
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