European cities have become the target for anti-U.S. protests. Police in Antwerp in the north of Belgium sealed off an area after a group of around 200 young Muslims took to the streets. Some of the protesters carried black flags often associated with Salafi radical Islam. Their chants included, ‘Obama go to hell’.
Police used pepper sprays and arrested a number of people who its understood were later released.
Its reported the demonstration had been organised through SMS messaging on Friday. Muslim women held a separate protest a short distance away.
Police in London contained a gathering of protesters outside the US Embassy. It was a scene repeated in Paris where some prayed on the steps of the building, located just off the Champs-Elysees. Its reported 150 of the demonstrators angry at the making of the anti-Islamic film were detained briefly.
US probation officers in California have been questioning Nakoula Basseley Nakoula who is suspected of producing the film.
The 55-year-old was convicted of bank fraud two years ago but bailed on condition he did not access the Internet. He denies involvement and had agreed voluntarily to being questioned.
A row has erupted in Germany where a far right group wants to screen the film. The head of the group says its a, ‘question of art and freedom of expression’.
The German Interior Minister, Hans-Peter Friedrich has been reported as saying he would use every legal means at his disposal to stop them.