Muslim Protests Spread Around the Globe

Outrage in the Muslim community, stoked by a crude anti-Islam video mocking the prophet Muhammad, has spread across much of the globe today. Starting earlier this week in Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt, protesters stormed embassies, resulting in multiple deaths, four of them American. Since then, demonstrations have erupted in more than two dozen countries -- ranging from small peaceful gatherings to violent attacks on western targets. Host nations have been struggling to defend western consulates after thousands took to the streets following Friday prayers. Gathered here are scenes of this growing unrest over the past few days.
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1. An Indian protester kicks at an image of the American flag on a wall of the U.S. Consulate during a protest against the anti-Islam film which depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a madman, in Chennai, India, on September 14, 2012.




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2. The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, in flames during a protest by an armed group said to have been protesting a film produced in the United States, on September 11, 2012. Armed gunmen attacked the compound on Tuesday evening, clashing with Libyan security forces before the latter withdrew as they came under heavy fire.




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3. A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi burns during a protest, on September 11, 2012. Four American staff members were killed, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.




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4. Tunisian protesters burn the U.S. flag during a demonstration outside the U.S. embassy in Tunis, on September 12, 2012. Tunisian police fired teargas and rubber bullets into the air on Wednesday to disperse the protest over a U.S.-made film, near the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, a Reuters reporter said.




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5. Egyptian protesters tear apart a U.S. flag and wave various black Islamic flags at the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, on September 11, 2012 during a demonstration against a film deemed offensive to Islam.




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6. A riot policeman shouts a warning to protesters during clashes along a road which leads to the U.S. embassy, near Tahrir Square in Cairo, on September 13, 2012.




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7. An Egyptian protester runs with a tear gas canister to throw it back at riot police during clashes near the U.S. embassy in Cairo, on September 13, 2012.




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8. An Indian man walks on an American flag during a protest against an anti-Islam movie called "Innocence of Muslims" in Hyderabad, India, on September 14, 2012.




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9. Kuwaiti police push back hundreds of demonstrators protesting against a film deemed offensive to Islam near the U.S. embassy in Kuwait City, on September 13, 2012.




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10. Protesters shout anti-U.S. slogans during a protest against a film produced in the United States, in Istanbul, Turkey, on September 14, 2012.




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11. A group of Kenyan muslims burn the U.S. flag in protest over the anti-Muslim film that has spawned mob violence against American embassies across the Mideast, following afternoon prayers outside the Sakina Jamia Mosque in the port city of Mombasa, Kenya, on September 14, 2012.




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12. A demonstrator holds an anti-US placard during a protest against the film "Innocence of Muslims" in Jakarta, Indonesia, on September 14, 2012. More than 350 Muslim fundamentalists and their supporters staged an anti-US demonstration in Jakarta Friday, spewing anger at America over an anti-Islam film.




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13. Protesters chant slogans, in protest of a film they consider blasphemous to Islam, during a protest march to the U.S. embassy in Doha, Qatar, on September 14, 2012. The banner reads, "people want to expel the ambassador of the U.S.".




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14. Kashmiri Muslims shout slogans during a protest against the anti-Islam film called "Innocence of Muslims", in Srinagar, India, on September 14, 2012.




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15. A Kashmiri Muslim burns a U.S. flag during a demonstration against the controversial film "Innocence of Muslims" in Srinagar, on September 14, 2012.




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16. Supporters of Pakistan's outlawed Islamic hardline group Jamaat ud Dawa (JD) shout anti-US slogans during a demonstration against an anti-Islam film in Karachi, on September 14, 2012.




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17. Pakistani protesters scuffle with police trying to reach the U.S. embassy during a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan, on September 14, 2012.




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18. A Sudanese demonstrator burns a German flag as others shout slogans after torching the German embassy in Khartoum during a protest against a low-budget film mocking Islam, on September 14, 2012. Around 5,000 protesters in the Sudanese capital angry over the amateur anti-Islam film stormed the embassies of Britain and Germany, which was torched and badly damaged.




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19. Bangladeshi Muslims attempt to break a police barricade during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on September 14, 2012. Around 10,000 Muslims from half a dozen Islamist groups staged a noisy protest in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Friday over the U.S. film said to have insulted the Prophet Mohammad.




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20. Yemeni protesters climb the gate of the U.S. Embassy during a protest over the film "Innocence of Muslims", in Sanaa, Yemen, on September 13, 2012.




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21. Yemeni protestors break a widow of the U.S. Embassy during a protest in Sanaa, Yemen, on September 13, 2012.




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22. A Yemeni protester destroys an American flag pulled down as other hold a banner in Arabic that reads, "any one but you God's prophet" at the U.S. Embassy compound, in Sanaa, Yemen, on September 13, 2012.




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23. A protestor reacts from tear gas fired by riot police, unseen, near the U.S. Embassy, in Sanaa, Yemen, on September 13, 2012. Yemen's president has apologized to President Barack Obama for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, by a mob angry over an anti-Islam film.




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24. A vehicle burns at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, on September 13, 2012.




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25. Protesters run as police use water cannons to disperse them at a crossroads leading to the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, on September 14, 2012.




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26. Iraqi supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's movement, burn the Israeli and the US flags during a protest denouncing a film deemed offensive to Islam, on September 13, 2012 in the central Iraqi city of Kut.




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27. Iranian protestors hold anti-US posters as they demonstrate after Friday prayers against a film mocking Islam, in Tehran, on September 14, 2012. Thousands of people yelling "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" rallied in central Tehran to protest the anti-Islam film blamed for violent anti-US demonstrations in the Middle East and North Africa.




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28. An Iranian protestor holds a copy of the Quran, Muslims' holy book, during a demonstration against a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in front of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which represents US interests in Iran, on September 13, 2012.




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29. Palestinian protesters are reflected in the face-shield of an Israeli security officer during a demonstration denouncing the film "Innocence of Muslims", near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, on September 14, 2012.




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30. Arab-Israeli Muslim men protest against a film mocking Islam, in front of the U.S. embassy in the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 13, 2012.




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31. Afghans burn the U.S. flag in the Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 14, 2012, during a protest against an anti-Islam film.




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32. A boy holds a toy gun during a protest against the film "Innocence of Muslims", in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh near Sidon, Lebanon, on September 14, 2012.




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33. Lebanese riot police stand guard just before a group of protesters, angry over an anti-Islam film, attacked American fast food restaurants after Friday prayers, in the northeastern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, on September 14, 2012. According to security officials no one was hurt.




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34. A Hardee's and a Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food outlet burns after protesters set the building on fire in Tripoli, Lebanon, on September 14, 2012. Hundreds of protesters set the restaurant on fire witnesses said, chanting against the pope's visit to Lebanon and shouting anti-U.S. slogans.




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35. Members of the Islamist Salafis set fire to a U.S. flag during a demonstration against the film "Innocence of Muslims", near the U.S. embassy in Amman, Jordan, on September 14, 2012.




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36. A Muslim protester defaces a mural featuring a U.S. flag on a wall of the U.S. Consulate-general during a protest against "Innocence of Muslims", a film they consider blasphemous to Islam, in the southern Indian city of Chennai, on September 14, 2012.