Protesters climb U.S. Embassy walls in Cairo
Protesters rally in front the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, on Tuesday.
September 11th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Protesters climb U.S. Embassy walls in Cairo

[Updated at 5:38 p.m. ET] Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and tore down the American flag, apparently in protest of a film thought to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

A volley of warning shots were fired as a large crowd gathered around the compound, said CNN producer Mohammed Fahmy, who was on the scene, though it is not clear who fired the shots.

Egyptian police and army personnel have since formed defensive lines around the facility in an effort to prevent the demonstrators from advancing farther, but not before the protesters affixed their standard atop the embassy.

The black flag, which hangs atop a ladder inside the compound, is adorned with white characters that read, "There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger," an emblem often used in al Qaeda propaganda.

It was unclear which film upset the protesters.

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  1. cptpooppants


    September 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GhostCoyote

    And the Islamic World wonders why the rest of the world looks down on them.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • foo

      I wish there was a comment thumbs up button like youtube!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • some dude

      And yet 'Mericans are still completely confused why other countries hate them.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noshelter8

      so true.....these people just need something to kill every coulple weeks or so- better it be each other than us.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      Yep, it makes me wonder that a religion that preaches peace and love could incite such peaceful and loving demonstrations...

      Maybe as Americans we should rush every Muslim nation's embassy wherever we live to show our disgust for flag burning, uncle sam depicting, and of course the fact they call us infidels for being predominately Christian/Catholic/Protestant.

      This goes to show you once again how badly they have it and how bad we truly are... the more I see crap like this the more I feel less and less for the ones here being so "afraid" to profess their religious beliefs...

      Where is the Egyptian govt stand in all this??

      September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Keven

    I am sorry did they say a Dutch film?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franco

      I guess the Dutch do not have an embassy in Egypt or the Egyptian Muslims are just too stupid.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Keven, I totally agree.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Matt

    Isn't there a Dutch embassy where these people can climb the walls?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • beelady

      Yea, isn't the problem with a dutch film, how does this involve the United States?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Germanicus

      America is the symbol of the west...I guess. Either way, there is never a lot of critical thought happening in a mob.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    I wonder if they used any special gear climbing the embassy wall, and was the flagpole shimmyed.
    "I have seen the future. There are no flags." (line from old movie)

    September 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GhostCoyoyeUgly

    And Americans wonder why the rest of the world looks down on American choices and behaviors.
    There are no warning shots in voleyball. Sheesh.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Yes, how DARE those Americans...umm.make a Dutch film insulting warning shots to disperse an angry crowd from doing harm to diplomats...umm...YEAH!...I guess...?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Had the shots, killed a demonstrator – I don't want to think what the headlines or bloggers would be saying.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Keksi

    Is Julian Assange hiding inside of embassy???

    September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. KWS

    See? "Hope and Change" could be worse!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sean

    This is what we get for removing dictator's we can work with and replacing them with no one. What did you expect would happen? Next anti-western demonstration will be taking place in Lybia.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spell Checker

      Learn how to spell if you would like to be taken seriously.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      HA-HA. Spelling error. I think you mean Labia. Maybe you should get a phone that autocorrects. It's fine unless it picks the wrong word.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BigJet

    Dont worry, Obama is gonna Hug it out with them!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • KWS

      It's all part of Obama's grand plan to weaken America in the world. By letting Egypt fall to the primitives, we AND Isreal took a significant hit, with almost no direct effort from the administration. They're awfully quiet publicly, after touting the freedom and happiness of the "Arab Spring", but inside they're cheering. Even when he falls in two months, this damage is done, and can't be fixed easily or soon.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Farmer Brown

      Yeah. Obamawill have a beer summit with them. These are his people after all – Muslims.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Better than Romney going to war with them......

      September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      Oh yes Obama our savior, one small problem he's Muslim

      September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick in SD

      Yes, of course Obama is a very devout muslim. Like all devout muslims, he supports gay marriage and a woman's right to choose and attended Rev. Wright's Christian church and worked with Christian community organizations.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Coyoye

    Coyoye. (co-yo-ye) Everyone says 'hello' and that's about as far as it goes when it comes to being serious about the news.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fred Phred

    Easy enough, cut off all aid to Egypt.

    Thanks, you just saved the American taxpayers $1B.

    Debt relief plan? I think we now understand who we're dealing with in Egypt.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernesto Christobal

      Very good points, but it seems as if the folks we elected to make the kinds of decisions that would save us BILLIONS of dollars that could be used to prevent our once great Country from becoming a weak pathetic Godless third world country appears to be working for others to our hurt and demise. I remember the President along with Hillary Clinton speaking highly of the ARAB SPRING!!! Makes anyone with some measure of thinking wonder about a lot of things that seems to be, but at the end of the day might be something many will not have suspect.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba the Hate Sponge


      If you hate Obama, just go ahead and be a big boy and say that. Also, you say being Godless is a bad thing. I mean, look at these protestors fueled by religion. Talk about someone lacking a measure of thinking lol!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. "Dictators" we worked with.

    Usama Bin Laden
    Saddam Hussein
    Daniel Noriega
    Colonel Gadaffi
    Shah of Iran
    Hosni Mubarack
    Ariel Sharon 🙂
    Great bunch of guys right there. Only a blind fool cannot see that these men were used by even more powerful men.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      really?? are you that stupid?? or perhaps you only pretend to be stupid??
      You must take your medications on time!!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Shah of Iran does not belong on this list.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike the American

      Don't you mean Manuel Noriega and/or Daniel Ortega?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      You should add Obama Bin Laden to your list, formerly known as "Barry"

      September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikepapa1

      The people of the Middle East and North Africa are not capable of living with themselves, let alone with other nations. They have always had to be restrained (controlled) by either an outside government or a Strongman. A very senior British officer who spent years in Egypt and Palestine said it best. These people can only be treated one way. They are either at your feet or at your throat. Until a strong leader resumes control in Egypt the insane are in charge of the asylum, and because they can not even get along with each other they will never have a viable democratic form of government.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • julie

      You should add Obama Bin Laden to your list, formerly known as "Barry"

      September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • JumpyGathers

      Sure buddy...Iran is much better off under the Ayatollahs then they were under the Shah. Oh... And those folks in Egypt will be much better off , especially women, under the Muslim Brotherhood...who also have their sights set on Libya and Syria should Assad fall. I agree that the dudes you listed were slime balls but when it comes to the Middle East, it might be better to leave the slime ball Autocrats alone rather tthan dealing with what the alternative might turn out to be.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BunnyPumper

    Welcome to the real "Arab Spring"

    September 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Selfish IsADisease

      Well done Obama!!!!! [sarcasm] – ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HIS CLUELESS FOREIGN POLICY!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan S

      To Selfish: I am as opposed as anyone to the Obama presidency, but it's really a stretch to blame Mr. Obama for this current Egyptian nuttiness.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • wildlifer

      @Alan, yeah so true. But teabaggers have never been (will never be) accused of being rational thinkers.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • GozieBoy

      And pray tell what kind of leadership has Obama shown - other than a willingness to be silently complicit with all of this? Same with Iran. Same with Jobs. Same with Teachers' strikes. Same with SPENDING THE NATIONAL TREASURE in one term!

      September 11, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeffrey

    So what does a Dutch film have to do with the USA? Why don't you go trash THEIR embassy?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
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