U.S. screening anti-film ads in Pakistan
by Munir Ahmed and Rebecca Santana
Associated Press Writers
September 21, 2012 01:07 AM | 626 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Pakistani protester reacts to tear gas fired by police during clashes in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Thursday.<br>The Associated Press
A Pakistani protester reacts to tear gas fired by police during clashes in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Thursday.
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ISLAMABAD — U.S. Embassy advertisements condemning an anti-Islam video appeared on Pakistani television on Thursday in an attempt to undercut anger against the United States, where the film was produced. Hundreds of youths, however, clashed with security officials as they tried in vain to reach the embassy in Islamabad amid outrage in many countries over the film’s vulgar depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.

The ads reflected efforts by the U.S. government to distance itself from the video in a country where anti-American sentiment already runs high. Violence linked to the movie has left at least 30 people in seven countries dead, including the American ambassador to Libya. Two people have died in protests in Pakistan.

In recent days, the decision by a French satirical magazine to release cartoons crudely depicting the prophet has added to the tension, as may the upcoming issue of the German satirical magazine Titanic. The magazine’s co-editor Martin Sonneborn said it was up to readers to decide whether the cover of an Arab wielding a sword actually depicts the Prophet Muhammad.

Most outrage appears linked to the amateurish movie, which portrays the prophet as a fraud, womanizer and child molester.
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