Thursday, September 13, 2012

Unrest Spreads in Egypt, Iran, Tunisia, Morocco: Protests Reach Day 3 In Cairo, Anti-American Sentiment Spreading With Domino Effect

Protests over the anti-Islam film thicken in Egypt as demonstrations press into a third day near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

They threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at the embassy and at police officers trying to disperse the raucous crowd. Police retaliated by firing tear gas canisters into the air like missiles, landing them in the middle of the defiant protesters in Tahrir Square.

Tuesday’s attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left American ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead seems now to have just been the beginning. The uprising has spread throughout the Middle East, with protesters now in Egypt, Iran, Tunisia, Morocco and Afghanistan. Protests were finally quelled in Yemen, where demonstrators breached the perimeter of the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa.

But the situation is most untenable in Cairo where at least 13 protesters and six police officers were injured, according to government officials. more