Police stand after dispersing protesters in Athens during a demonstration against a US-made film mocking Islam on September 23, 2012.
Greek police have arrested 40 people in the capital Athens after clashes between riot police and demonstrators protesting against a blasphemous anti-Islam film produced in the United States.
Police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd of nearly 600 Muslim protesters on Sunday and arrested 40 of them.
The protesters tried to break through a cordon to storm the US embassy in Athens to voice their outrage against the US-made movie and the recent release of insulting cartoons in a French magazine that disrespect Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Anti-blasphemy demonstrations have been held across the Muslim world and several non-Muslim countries, with protesters in some countries marching on the US embassies and torching US flags.
Protesters call for the prosecution of the elements behind the blasphemous acts.
Protesters demand that Washington apologize to the Muslim world over the film, which was reportedly financed by more than 100 Zionist Jews.