Tunisian police used gas and warning shots to disperse protesters in front of the U.S. Embassy

Posted on October 4, 2012

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09/14/2012
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Security forces respond through actions to control rioting on a very violent demonstrations in front of the U.S. embassy in the Tunisian capital.
Police fired tear gas canisters and gunshots warning after gathering more than 1,000 protesters who hurled security men with stones on Friday, September 14 outside the U.S. Embassy in a suburb of the Tunisian capital to protest the film offensive to Islam, according to the MAP agency AFP.

The dense smoke billowed into the sky from the parking lot of the embassy, ​​a valuable man told police told AFP that some of the demonstrators threw Molotov bombs.

According to a briefing journalists intervened when security forces launched Salafi militants, who were the center of protesters outside the headquarters of the U.S. mission in the stone throwing.

The police responded by firing tear gas continuously before you hear the gunshots, high in the streets surrounding the embassy, ​​protesters were trying to rally again.

It was not immediately known the nature of the weapons used in the shooting, but the police are usually used rubber bullets when protests turn into riots.

He said one of the protesters, told AFP, “I shot to prevent other groups from coming.”

And before the clashes broke out a few minutes protesters were chanting slogans against the U.S., “Obama! Obama! We are all Osama!” And a reference to the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed at the hands of U.S. special forces last year.

They also chanted insults against the police, accusing it of “protecting” those who harmed Islam. It seems that most of the demonstrators belonging to the hardline Salafist movement, where they were waving the black Islamic flag.

In early been enhanced security presence around the embassy, ​​which is located at a distance of ten kilometers north of the city center, where troops were deployed riot police and the army heavily and placed barbed wire and checkpoints in nearby roads.

The Imams in the mosques of the capital Tunisians have called for demonstrations in front of the embassy to condemn the anti-Islam film posted on the Internet and unleashed a wave of anger across the Muslim world. he video shows produced by amateurs under the name of “innocent Muslims” Muslims as immoral and unjustified are violent. The film also mocked the Prophet Muhammad.

The protests spread anti-Americanism throughout the Arab world and the Muslim-majority countries, while the U.S. ambassador killed Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya on Tuesday by a gang of angry film, according to the frequency there.

As clashes erupted again on Friday in Sudan, Yemen and Lebanon.

About 300 predecessor outside the U.S. embassy in the Tunisian capital on Wednesday and tried to storm the gates of the compound before being dispersed after police intervened launched tear gas grenades.

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