The Straits Times
Published on Sep 21, 2012

Lebanon Muslims protest film, cartoons amid death calls


SIDON, Lebanon (AFP) - Lebanese Muslims, Sunnis and Shi'ites, took to the streets on Friday to vent their anger over a United States (US) made film and French cartoons mocking Islam.

In the southern port city of Sidon, Sunni clerics called "a day of rage" against insults to the Prophet Muhammad but urged followers to contain their anger to inside their mosques.

French schools were closed and the army was deployed at French institutions in Sidon, Beirut and the northern city of Tripoli, in anticipation of a backlash against the publication of obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a French satirical magazine.

Separately, thousands of supporters of the powerful Shi'ite movement Hezbollah took to the streets after Friday prayers in the eastern city of Baalbek, an AFP correspondent said.