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Tens of thousands of protesters are rallying against an anti-Islamic film in Beirut, Lebanon, following a call for mass demonstrations by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.
Most of the marchers are wearing green and yellow headbands, indicating membership in Hezbollah. The phrase “At your service God’s Prophet” was seen on the protesters’ headbands and banners.
“America, hear us – don’t insult our Prophet,” the protesters are chanting.
The rally is split into two columns, with women marching separately from men. Some are holding portraits of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
Hassan Nasrallah personally addressed the rally in a rare public appearance. Nasrallah announced the beginning of a global campaign to halt the screening and sharing of the provocative film ‘Innocence of Muslims.’
“Prophet of God, we offer ourselves, our blood and our kin for the sake of your dignity and honor,” Reuters quoted Nasrallah as saying.
The Lebanese political leader called on the international community to criminalize insults to Islam, saying that the world does not understand Muslims’ deep reverence for the Prophet Muhammad.
“The US should know the film has dangerous repercussions,” Nasrallah said, according to Press-TV. He called for the movie’s creators to be punished appropriately.