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Friday likely to see more movie protests, violence

Posted by The Agonist on September 12th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

This Friday is not shaping up to be a good one. The BBC reports:

Nigeria placed its police force on red alert to guard against attacks related to the controversial film.

The US embassy in Algiers warned Americans in Algeria to avoid non-essential travel amid calls for protests on social media.

Tunisian police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the air to disperse a protest by several hundred people near the US embassy in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, as they chanted slogans including “Obama, Obama, we are here for the triumph of Islam”, Reuters reports.

Demonstrations were reported outside the US embassy in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and the US consulate in Casablanca, Morocco, as well as outside the UN offices in the Gaza Strip.

The Afghan government ordered a block on Youtube until the offending film was removed but the site was still visible to internet users in Kabul.

People in Egypt are saying on twitter that there are cars with loudspeakers going around touting a “day of rage” after Friday prayers and Mark Goldberg at UNDispatch is extremely worried about what may happen in Afghanistan. It looks like this upheaval isn’t over yet and may be far worse than the rioting and violence that followed Terry Jones’ burning a Koran.

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