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. Mike

    The U.S. Embassy said in a statement that it "condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."

    "Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy," the statement said. "We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others." -

    I understand that you are appeasing them so they don't absolutely freak out and revolt over something that is absurd to begin with, but condemning one group because it says something that "hurt the feelings", as the department put it, of others is actually abusing free speech. It is not the government's position to weigh in on one people's opinion versus another, let alone condemn them.

    Free speech IS the right to demean and bemoan, to praise and inspire. If we want to keep these extremists from revolting every single time somebody mentions their prophet then we have to show them that we will stand up for any person who disagrees with their views as well as standing up for their right to hold their views and disagree with others. Kowtowing and appeasing them is only going to empower them.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • HZ

      the embassy is condemning a peaceful file maker and side with the aggressors who stormed the embassy? lol, nice job obama administration did there.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sal

    I would personally dispatch the Prophet Mohammed if he was alive today! 

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trajan

      I'd have your back in case you missed

      September 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rhastuss

    I think barry's Convention Boost in the polls is going to reverse itself tomorrow.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. heavywords2012

    you wanna play rough!!! Okay! Say hello to my little friend!! The US military.

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

    Those weren't flags, those were burkhas for the female staff at the embassy.. I'm touched at their generosity!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob Ramos

    Some Senator needs to immediately place a "hold" on the $1 billion annual aid we are giving Eygpt

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DickPerry

    See what happens when the US friendly dictator is gone. Then the people start to show their feelings about the dictators dearest friend USA.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TKH1957

    Here we go again...the religion of peace is acting so peaceful. They us any excuse to go after the United States. Nuke 'em if they can't take a joke!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • heavywords2012

      BOOM

      September 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. onoudint

    Ingrates.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. truthisalthatmatters

    We just forgave 1 billion in debt they owe the US, and with the IMF authorizing billions more in loans in addition to the 1.4 billion in yearly aide. The more we give the more they dislike us.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/world/middleeast/us-prepares-economic-aid-to-bolster-democracy-in-egypt.html?pagewanted=all

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kimo

      great point! Stop the foreign aid and let the Saudi's share the weatlh with the muslim bros....

      September 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Maria

    Stop giving this country money and let them drown under the Muslim Brotherhood

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. pozin

    If this group is reflective of the overall Egyptian feeling then we need to revisit where our foreign aid is best spent.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cha Cha Brown

    Ahhh! Arab Spring in Full Bloom! Thanks Bam Bam! You are the BEST!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike H.

    So, the Egyptians were protesting against the Americans because of a Dutch film... what were the Israelis doing?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • PAUL

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmigBOhYTns

      September 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC Roeder

      Watching the film maybe?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slayer

      Time to close up shop, and come home...............

      September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    What's this evil obsession with some misguided souls to continue reviling and insulting books and figures revered by other faiths?
    What purpose does it serve?

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