Published: Friday September 21, 2012 MYT 2:30:00 PM
Updated: Friday September 21, 2012 MYT 5:05:16 PM
Umno and PAS Youth protest anti-Islam video, cartoon
By REGINA LEE, JOSEPH KAOS, M. KUMAR and STEVEN DANIEL
KUALA LUMPUR: A group of Umno protestors gathered outside Masjid Jamek Kampung Baru after Friday prayers, holding banners and placards protesting an anti-Islam video and a satirical cartoon of Prophet Muhammad in a French magazine that has inflamed Muslims worldwide.
Speakers, such as Perkasa leader Datuk Ibrahim Ali, made speeches denouncing the video and the US. This protest is led by Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin who urged the crowd to remain calm.
Khairy demanded that the the US and French governments take action against the filmmaker and the cartoonist.
"If not, then we will take this as a direct insult on our religion and the Prophet," he said.
The crowd dispersed peacefully at about 2.30pm.
Meanwhile, another crowd, mostly PAS Youth, protested ouside the US Embassy for the same reason. Some protestors also burned the flags of the US and Israel.
Led by PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi, the group shouted anti-American slogans and chants like "Allahuakbar" under the watchful eyes of the police.
A few representatives were allowed to enter the embassy to hand over a memorandum.
The crowd started disbursing at about 3.30pm and traffic along Jalan Tun Razak, blocked for a couple of hours, began flowing again.
Cheras Police Chief Mohan Singh expressed satisfaction that the protest was peaceful
The two groups were protesting the film "Innocence of Muslims" that has angered Muslims worldwide. A 14-minute video clip, said to be a trailer, has been on Youtube since July.
Muslims are deeply offended by the crudely edited video which portrays Prophet Muhammad in an extremely negative light.
This anger was further inlamed by crude caricatures of the Prophet that appeared in a Parisian weekly.
The two groups had initially planned to protest in front of the US Embassy on Jalan Tun Razak about 4km from Kampung Baru but changed their plans on Friday on advice from the Home Ministry and the police.
Despite being on the same page with the PAS Youth on this issue, Khairy was reported to have said that the ministry and police advised both sides to break up the crowd for security reasons.
The US Embassy here also closed at 11am, ahead of the demonstrations, and has rescheduled visa interviews for those who are affected. It will reopen on Monday.
The death toll from protests all over the world is expected to exceed 28 people. This includes the US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens who was killed when the embassy was stormed into in Benghazi on Sept 11, although it has been speculated that the attack may have been pre-meditated.
The filmmaker has since been identified as an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. He and his family have been reportedly taken into police protection in the US.
In GEORGE TOWN, despite the heavy downpour, another group of Muslims headed by the Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma) took part in a similar protest against the movie.
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