17 Sep 2012

Hezbollah calls for week of protests against video

10:53 pm on 17 September 2012

The leader of the Lebanese Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah has called for a week of protests against the United States over the video that has outraged Muslims with its depiction of the Prophet Mohammad.

Hassan Nasrallah told his supporters the world needs to see their anger over the video, which was produced in the United States.

Mr Nasrallah, who heads the largest armed force in Lebanon, has the ability to muster huge numbers of Shi'ite Muslims in the Mediterranean state of 4 million people, Reuters reports.

Shortly after his call, Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said he had called Arab League Secretary-General to ask him to organise an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers to discuss the film.

Lebanon has already seen protests over the Internet video in the mainly Sunni Muslim city of Tripoli.

One person was killed and 14 wounded in clashes with security forces on Friday after Islamist protesters set fire to a US fast food restaurant.