More film and cartoon protests expected for Friday prayers

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More film and cartoon protests expected for Friday prayers

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Friday prayers in the Muslim world, and no let-up is expected in the wave of protests against a blasphemous film made in America, and now some French cartoons.

The day has itself been declared a Friday of “Love for the Prophet” in Pakistan, and protesters are being urged to be peaceful.

President Barack Obama has again made an attempt at direct communication with the Muslim world; paid-for TV adverts in Pakistan in which he condemns the film.

Yesterday around 50 people were injured around the US embassy, and police had to use live rounds and tear gas to control protesters.

France has had to close embassies and other official outposts across the Muslim world; in 20 countries the French are lying low after some satirical cartoons, two featuring the prophet naked, refuelled the blasphemy row.

Ask French mothers in Tunisia what they think of the editor of the magazine that published the cartoons; free speech is all very nice, if you’re safe in Paris.

“To the editor, I’d say poor fool, I’m sorry, but you poor fool. You’re safe at home, nothing will happen to you, but we’re here in Tunisia. All the French who live in the Muslim world are today feeling threatened, targets,” said one.

French schools are closed and their residential areas are deserted, while the Tunisian government has banned Friday protests.