TUNIS, Sept 12, 2012 (AFP) -
TUNIS, Sept 12, 2012 (AFP) –
Around 100 hardline salafist Muslims protested outside the American embassy in Tunisia Wednesday against a film deemed offensive to Islam that sparked violence in Libya and Egypt and the death of a US ambassador.
An AFP photographer said men and women protesters carrying black and white salafist flags massed outside the US diplomatic compound around 10 kilometres (six miles) north of the capital.
Police deployed reinforcements at the already highly secure embassy blockhouse, with a military vehicle standing guard outside and motorbike units patrolling the area.
A source inside the compound told AFP the embassy was working as normal on Wednesday despite the violence in Libya and Egypt.
On Tuesday, US ambassador to Tripoli Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the eastern city of Benghazi when an armed mob stormed the American consulate there, torching the building after ransacking and looting it.
And in Cairo, several thousand people stormed the American embassy in a similar protest against the amateur American-made Internet video called “Innocence of Muslims.”
The low-budget movie, in which actors have strong American accents, portrays Muslims as immoral and gratuitously violent. It also pokes fun at the Prophet Mohammed and touches on themes of paedophilia and homosexuality.
It was produced by Israeli-American Sam Bacile, according to the Wall Street Journal.