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Egypt's Brotherhood withdraws call for nationwide protests

Published on Sep 14, 2012 8:28 PM
Protesters help an injured man, who was hurt during clashes, along a road leading to the U.S. embassy, near Tahrir Square in Cairo on Sept 14, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on Friday withdrew calls for nationwide protests in response to a film that mocks Islam's Prophet Mohammed, saying they would instead participate in a "symbolic" demonstration.

"In light of the events of the last two days, the Brotherhood has decided to participate only in a symbolic protest in Tahrir Square, so that there is no more destruction to property, or injuries, or deaths, as has happened in the past," the group's secretary general Mahmud Hussein said in a statement.

Thousands had protested angrily outside the American embassy on Tuesday against a low-budget United States film the Innocence Of Muslims which ridicules the Prophet Muhammad, with one group scaling the embassy wall and tearing down the flag.

The protest was followed by clashes between small groups of demonstrators - many of whom in their teens or even young children - and police and security forces trying to keep them away from the US mission.

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