Answering the call to keep up protests against a film that insults the prophet Mohammed, thousands of Lebanese Muslims marched through the southern Shi’ite suburbs of Beirut.
To show how serious the demonstration was, the reclusive leader of the militant group Hezbollah, who is often in hiding, made a personal appearance.
Earlier, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, demanded a week of protests, and addressing the crowd, rebuked America – where the film was produced.
“The United States of America is avoiding tackling this provocation under the pretext of freedom of expression. It is necessary that they understand that the if entire film is broadcast worldwide the consequences will be extremely serious,” said Nasrallah.
Officials at the US embassy, in Beirut’s northeastern outskirts, have started destroying classified material as a security precaution, and Lebanese staff working there have been sent home early.
The low-budget film, has been labelled ‘blasphemous’.