Outrage in the Muslim community, stoked by a crude anti-Islam video mocking the prophet Muhammad, has spread across much of the globe today. Starting earlier this week in Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt, protesters stormed embassies, resulting in multiple deaths, four of them American. Since then, demonstrations have erupted in more than two dozen countries -- ranging from small peaceful gatherings to violent attacks on western targets. Host nations have been struggling to defend western consulates after thousands took to the streets following Friday prayers. Gathered here are scenes of this growing unrest over the past few days.
An Indian protester kicks at an image of the American flag on a wall of the U.S. Consulate during a protest against the anti-Islam film which depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a madman, in Chennai, India, on September 14, 2012.
(AP Photo/Arun Shanker K.)
The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, in flames during a protest by an armed group said to have been protesting a film produced in the United States, on September 11, 2012. Armed gunmen attacked the compound on Tuesday evening, clashing with Libyan security forces before the latter withdrew as they came under heavy fire.
Tunisian protesters burn the U.S. flag during a demonstration outside the U.S. embassy in Tunis, on September 12, 2012. Tunisian police fired teargas and rubber bullets into the air on Wednesday to disperse the protest over a U.S.-made film, near the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, a Reuters reporter said.
A demonstrator holds an anti-US placard during a protest against the film "Innocence of Muslims" in Jakarta, Indonesia, on September 14, 2012. More than 350 Muslim fundamentalists and their supporters staged an anti-US demonstration in Jakarta Friday, spewing anger at America over an anti-Islam film.
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A Sudanese demonstrator burns a German flag as others shout slogans after torching the German embassy in Khartoum during a protest against a low-budget film mocking Islam, on September 14, 2012. Around 5,000 protesters in the Sudanese capital angry over the amateur anti-Islam film stormed the embassies of Britain and Germany, which was torched and badly damaged.
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Bangladeshi Muslims attempt to break a police barricade during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on September 14, 2012. Around 10,000 Muslims from half a dozen Islamist groups staged a noisy protest in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Friday over the U.S. film said to have insulted the Prophet Mohammad.
A protestor reacts from tear gas fired by riot police, unseen, near the U.S. Embassy, in Sanaa, Yemen, on September 13, 2012. Yemen's president has apologized to President Barack Obama for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, by a mob angry over an anti-Islam film.
(AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Iranian protestors hold anti-US posters as they demonstrate after Friday prayers against a film mocking Islam, in Tehran, on September 14, 2012. Thousands of people yelling "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" rallied in central Tehran to protest the anti-Islam film blamed for violent anti-US demonstrations in the Middle East and North Africa.
(Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghans burn the U.S. flag in the Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 14, 2012, during a protest against an anti-Islam film.
(AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
A Hardee's and a Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food outlet burns after protesters set the building on fire in Tripoli, Lebanon, on September 14, 2012. Hundreds of protesters set the restaurant on fire witnesses said, chanting against the pope's visit to Lebanon and shouting anti-U.S. slogans.