Yemeni people have held a massive demonstration in the southern city of Taizz to voice their outrage at the US-made movie insulting Islam and the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Hundreds of thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Taizz on Thursday, condemning the movie that mocks the prophet and attempts to picture Islam as an oppressive religion. Chanting anti-US slogans, the demonstrators warned that silence on the “big crime” will embolden the United States.
They also called on the government to cut all diplomatic relations with Washington, close the US Embassy and expel the American ambassador to Sana’a.The angry protesters also demanded the expulsion of US Marines that have recently been dispatched to the country amid concerns over growing anti-US sentiments there. Over the past week, many demonstrations have been held over the anti-Islam film, with protesters staging mass gatherings outside US embassies and torching US flags. Yemenis have held protests across the country since the anti-Islam film was posted on the internet and several demonstrators have been killed by government forces. On Friday, the Pentagon to announce the deployment of hundreds of Marines to Yemen, days after demonstrators stormed the US Embassy in Sana’a in protest over the blasphemous film. The Yemeni parliament condemned the deployment, and MPs expressed strong opposition to the presence of US troops in their country. MRS/JR