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September 15, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese police said two peoples were killed in violent demonstrations organised against the US embassy in Khartoum over a film defaming the Prophet Muhammad.
Smoke billows from the US embassy in the Sudanese capital Khartoum during a protest against an amateur film mocking Islam on September 14, 2012. (Getty)
Imams of Khartoum mosques on Friday called to protest against the US and criticised the American authorities for allowing the production of a film denigrating the prophet of Islam. Some went as far as to say the West bans any group that eulogises the Holocaust and turn blind eyes to defamation of Islam.
After Friday prayer the protesters moved first to the German Embassy in Khartoum where they quickly stormed the building and raised a black flag, used by radical groups with the Muslim profession of faith, “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God”.
Over 5,000 protesters moved to the well protected US embassy in the suburb of Soba 20 kilometers south east of Khartoum. The 250 police officers posted there were able to contain the protesters at a security perimeter, 150 meters from the main gate of the embassy for some time.
Meanwhile a police vehicle struck a protester when the crowed broke the security cordon and moved towards the embassy. The demonstrators turned their chants against the regime when news of the death spread among those present.
Eyewitnesses said three people were killed, also the official Radio Omdurman gave the same figure when it spoke about the death toll of the clashes outsides the US embassy but the Sudanese police in a statement released late during the evening said only two were killed.
The police also said the protesters wounded 50 policemen and torched a vehicle. The official communiqué was keen to underscore the policemen did not use any firearms.
A US embassy spokesperson told Reuters that all the staff are safe and no one was harmed.
After the death of people, the angry protesters took advantage of the situation and jumped the outer wall of the embassy. Some of them hoisted a black Islamic flag on a balcony inside the new building.
The few Marines insides the embassy were on the roofs and fired warning shots into the air to dissuade the protesters from moving deep inside the compound.
The protests against the US embassy in Khartoum is part of a series of protests against US diplomatic missions in Islamic world.
In Libya, radical groups killed the Ambassador John Christopher Stevens and three members of his staff. The incident triggered the deployment of further troops at the American mission in Tripoli.
Reuters quoted anonymous source saying a platoon of Marines will be deployed in US embassy in Khartoum
An ABC News journalist covering the State Department and foreign affairs wrote on Twitter that US Vice President Joe Biden called Sudan’s Frist Vice President Ali Osman Taha asking the permission to deploy more Marines in Khartoum.
“The highest priority of the United States is the safety of the US diplomatic presence abroad,” Biden told Taha according to Dana Hughes.
Al Jazeera English | Anti-Islam video protests shake Sudan | 14 September 2012
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September 14, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Three Sudanese political groups have issued statements condemning the violent events that took place on Friday during protests around Western diplomatic missions in Khartoum against an anti-Islam film made in the US.
Photo of the German embassy in Khartoum being set on fire by protesters angry over an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. (ST)
Four people are believed to have died – although police put the death toll at two – and dozens sustained injuries during violent protests on Friday around the US embassy in Khartoum and other Western diplomatic missions including the British and German embassies against the film, “Innocence of Muslims” which disparages Islam and its prophet Mohammed.
The demonstrations were part of a region-wide protest movement against the film which already led to the killing of the U.S. ambassador in Libya on Tuesday.
Sudan Change Now (SCN), an opposition group, equally condemned the film and the manners in which the protests were conducted.
“SCN condemns any offence to all religious sanctities under any justification and recall that freedoms of one ends when the freedom and right of others are being violated” a statement from the group said.
However, it also condemned “violence and destruction as unacceptable and uncivilized means of expressing opinions against this film and their use represents a crime against the entire community”
SCN blamed Al-Tayyib Mustafa, the leader of a far-right political group called the Just Peace Forum (JPF) and owner of its mouthpiece Al-Intibaha newspaper, and the government of being responsible for instigating the protests through “purposeful misinformation and propaganda and hate speech”
Another opposition group, the Islamist Popular Congress Party (PCP) led by Hassan Al-Turabi, said in a statement on Friday that the party “condemns in the strongest terms any form of offences against religions and prophets”
It also, however, condemned the attack on Western diplomatic missions describing it as an action that does not represent Sudanese people and neglects the fact that diplomats are guests who should be treated with respect and in accordance with the teachings of Islam and international diplomatic norms.
“We hold the authorities responsible for what happened and they have to protect diplomatic missions and their staff from the aggression of those who offends Islam by such kind of actions” the PCP statement concluded.
Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM), a rebel group from the country’s western region of Darfur and led by Abdel Wahid Nur, denounced the “barbaric and outrageous” attacks on Western embassies in Sudan and around the world.
In a statement undersigned by its official spokesperson Nimir Mohammed Abdel Rahman, SLM accused the “radical Islamists” in Khartoum of “stirring [up] emotions against Western targets”
“There is no justification to hold American Government or western citizens responsible for acts which is not their making, because these countries are neither enemies of Islam nor of Sudan and contributed heavily to bring democracy, stability and prosperity to countries around the globe and to alleviate the suffering of the Sudanese people” the group said.
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September 14, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese ministry of foreign affairs summoned on Friday the US and German ambassadors in the country and conveyed Khartoum’s protest against the anti-Islam film, state media has reported.
Sudanese Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Rahma Mohammed Osman speaks during a press conference in Khartoum on April 11, 2012 (GETTY)
According to Sudan’s official news agency SUNA, the ministry told the two ambassadors that undermining Islam prophet Mohammed is a “red line” to the entire Muslim world.
Sudanese police say that two protestors were killed outside the US embassy on Friday, while over reports indicate that as many as four were killed.
After Friday prayers thousands protested and attacked the German and British Embassies and later protestors were bussed 20 kilometres out of town to the US embassy. Dozens were reportedly injured.
The protests were triggered by the posting on the internet of a film called “innocence of Muslims” made in the US which has sparked a wave of indignation and concomitant protests across the Middle East, leading to the death of the US ambassador in Libya.
The undersecretary of the ministry of foreign affairs, Rahmat Allah Mohammed Osman, said that the argument of freedom of speech does not justify such behavior.
“In our opinion freedom of speech has limits and when it touches our Islamic sanctities and figures it become unacceptable” he was quoted by SUNA as saying.
Rahamt Allah however stressed that the government is committed to protecting Western diplomatic missions in accordance with international norms.
He added that the German and US ambassador apologized for the film and expressed their respect for the Muslim faith.
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