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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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Both Libyans and "foreigners" carried out the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, said Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf.

"We have assumptions and we have some information, and all that information we have now leads to the same direction about the perpetrators, the criminals," he told NBC.

For more on Magariaf's comments, click here.

09/15/2012 7:58 PM EDT

More Details Of Libya Attack Emerge

A local security official walked CNN through the horrific attacks in Libya that left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens dead. Read the report here.

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09/15/2012 7:24 PM EDT

U.S. Issues Warnings For Sudan, Tunisia

From the AP:

WASHINGTON — The State Department on Saturday ordered the departure of all family members and non-essential U.S. government personnel from posts in Sudan and Tunisia and is issuing travel warnings to American citizens in the two countries due to security concerns over anti-American violence.

"Given the security situation in Tunis and Khartoum, the State Department has ordered the departure of all family members and non-emergency personnel from both posts, and issued parallel travel warnings to American citizens," said Victoria Nuland, a department spokeswoman.

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09/15/2012 7:19 PM EDT

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula

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In this image from video provided by CBS2-KCAL9, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind the anti-Muslim movie that has inflamed the Middle East, is escorted by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies from his home, early Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Cerritos, Calif. Nakoula, 55, was interviewed by federal probation officers at a Los Angeles sheriff's station but was not arrested or detained, authorities said early Saturday. (AP Photo/CBS2-KCAL9)

09/15/2012 5:10 PM EDT

Image Purportedly Shows Camp Bastion

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This image from AP video obtained from the SITE Intel Group posted by al-Emarah Jihadi Studio, an Afghan Taliban media unit who released two clips on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, purports to show smoke rising over Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, after what the Taliban media unit says is an attack at the base. (AP Photo/SITE Intelligence Group)

09/15/2012 5:03 PM EDT

Far-Right Group Trying To Screen Anti-Islam Film

According to an AFP report, a far-right group in Germany wants to screen 'Innocence of Muslims,' the film that sparked protests around the world, in Berlin.

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told Der Spiegel he would use every legal means at his disposal to stop them.

“Such groups and organizations only want to provoke Germany’s Muslims,” he said, accusing them of recklessly pouring oil on the fire.

Read the full story here.

09/15/2012 4:36 PM EDT

Libyan President Meets U.S. Consulate Guard

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President Mohammed el-Megarif, fourth right, meets an unidentified Libyan guard of the U.S. Consulate who was wounded following the deadly attack on September 11, 2012, at Benghazi Medical Center in Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. (AP Photo)

09/15/2012 4:30 PM EDT

'Un-Islamic' Attacks

Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority on Saturday condemned the attacks on U.S. embassies as un-Islamic, according to a report by Reuters.

"It is forbidden to punish the innocent for the wicked crimes of the guilty, or to attack those who have been granted protection of their lives and property, or to expose public buildings to fire or destruction," he said in a speech carried by state news agency SPA.

Read the full report here.

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