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US Embassy Protests: Flag Burned During Demonstration Outside London Consulate (PICTURES)

14/09/2012 16:56 | Updated 14 September 2012

More than 200 protesters gathered outside the US Embassy in London on Friday in protest at the anti-Islamic film that has sparked scenes of violence and murder in cities across the Middle East.

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Protesters burn a US flag outside the embassy

The demonstrators, some of whom concealed their identities behind headscarves, were led by Anjem Choudhary, a well-known activist and former spokesperson for the now banned Islam4UK.

The protesters waved Jihadi flags and anti-America placards around 50 metres from the front of the Grosvenor Square consulate.

As an American and an Israeli flag were burned, the demonstrators chanted “down, down USA, Barack Obama you will pay".

The film that sparked the riots, entitled Innocence of Muslims, is a crudely shot, low budget production which depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a drunk, philanderer and a homosexual. us embassy

Many of the demonstrators were dressed in headgear

Speaking to the Huffington Post UK, one protester, who refused to give his name, blamed the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in Benghazi on Wednesday, on “freedom of speech”.

“This is what happens when you can say anything,” he said.

“Would it not be better for you [The West] to stop those who go beyond the limits and insult the messenger [Muhammad]?

“Obama and Clinton should not condemn the protests but condemn the mouths that speak against the prophet.”

“This is the direct result of man-made law and freedom of speech. We do not want freedom, we want Islam.”

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The protesters chanted "down down USA..."

More than eight police wagons were present at the demonstration. No reported arrests were made.

A rumoured counter-protest mooted by the English Defence League in “solidarity” with the Americans failed to materialise.

Earlier on Thursday, the British and German embassies in Sudan were attacked, as the protests spread from the Middle East to North Africa.

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