- Posted September 14, 2012 by
Garden City Cairo, Egypt
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Civilizations Clash in Cairo
He says he had a chance to speak with protesters. ‘Those acting aggressively are mostly youth who seem angry over the U.S. produced film, but are generally interested in protesting for the excitement rather than fully comprehending the political motivations behind the action,' he says. He says the one line that really stood out to him was when someone said, "Whoever created this film, he must be punished," one demonstrator said. "Then we will be done."
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Outrage from Muslims across the Middle East over a controversial film critical of Islam and produced in the U.S. has escalated in Cairo, where the Muslim Brotherhood has organized protests surrounding the U.S. Embassy in Garden City.
Since 11 September, when protestors burned the Embassy’s flag and replaced it with an Islamic black banner, the situation has deteriorated with Egyptian security forces repeatedly clashing with demonstrators. On 14 September, the security force’s tear gas, water jets, and trucks met protesters’ banners, chants, and flags.
After four days of protest however, the contestation seems to have been reduced from a legitimate demonstration with a political cause to merely disorder for disruptions sake: those protesting are overwhelming youth, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s formal leadership has released statements dissuading aggressive action against the U.S. Embassy.
Despite these statements however, the area directly south of Tahrir Square remains volatile. Concrete blocks are hurled between demonstrators and security forces. Smoke from tear gas is met by smoke from burning cars. Molotov cocktails and even high-power laser pointers have been used by protestors to add to the chaos.
Over the four days of protest, at least 200 have been injured, according to the Egyptian state television, Nile TV. Calls for order from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi have fallen on deaf ears, and remarks from American leadership -- namely Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama -- are considered by many demonstrators in Cairo as unclear and unsatisfactory in addressing the film. It is therefore unclear whether the unstable situation will continue or stabilize.
"Whoever created this film, he must be punished," said one demonstrator. "Then we will be done."