Anti-American protests continue in the Middle East
Leland Vittert reports from Cairo
- Duration 3:45
- Date Sep 19, 2012
Leland Vittert reports from Cairo
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And so we've also got violent demonstrations breaking out in East Jerusalem to show you.
Angry mobs chanting we will all sacrifice ourselves for the proper homage.
Hundreds of people there hurling rocks and fireworks all of that aimed at Israeli security forces.
And this from Cairo Egypt now we're learning a prosecutor in that country -- issued an arrest warrant.
For several people here in the US.
With ties to that film that some believe started all this this is a former US ambassador in Iraq and Afghanistan warns that.
What we're seeing today might only be the tip of the iceberg.
At the beginning.
Of the Arab awakening.
When TV lights went off -- -- for -- square.
You know after Mubarak stepped down you know like usual we said.
And this story and of autocracy he's end of problem you know.
-- -- -- wonderful world out there well not exactly.
Leland bitter now -- our coverage you straight live again today in Cairo -- -- this business about arrest warrants issued by the Egyptian government me.
Billed -- really shows just how much influence the Islam is the very hard line she got its hat here.
In Egypt in this and they've now.
The courts here the general prosecutor has tapped out did their demand that these people behind it they'll be punished.
Obviously this is symbolic if you can wrestlers don't have any.
Meaning in the United States is all stems from Tuesday last Tuesday here near the US embassy in Cairo where these protests.
All began when they marched down towards the embassy -- down.
The American flag protest this movie and now the Egyptian court says they were arrested seven Coptic Christians and one US pastor who are allegedly behind his film.
It's pretty continued I sat down with one of the organizers of this protest a couple of days ago a man with very strong ties to al-Qaeda.
And he told me that he wants the people behind -- film.
Tried -- -- real law hide it.
Under Sharia law you are convicted of insulting the Prophet Mohammed they don't repent.
You are executed -- -- -- here by the age of records show just how much Egypt's change in the eighteen months.
Since the revolution we've gone for a place there was a relatively moderate Islamic state.
To now -- it is really kowtowing to the demands of these hardline -- -- in here demanding these people's arrest.
So it is Wednesday now we've watched at all flare up on Friday of last week what is your sense of the violence -- potential for violence.
Throughout the region will it get worse -- -- escalator not -- there.
-- the point where the -- has burned down almost had a dynamite in here on the ground and Kyra we were just out.
It -- square behind -- near the US embassy.
There are literally dozens of police vans with hundreds if not thousands of riot police in them.
Just waiting for the next problem and as we have seen around the Middle East protests continue in Afghanistan it happened.
In Pakistan it happened and also entirely and they had happened with people chanting we are slaves the holy prophet in -- our -- our blood.
We will defend you -- profit.
The question here is is is -- about a movie and therefore it's gonna slowly die down heard this movie.
Merely that spark of a larger amount of anti American sentiment that's now playing out around the region the other big question here is bill.
Real -- outlook the indeed -- protesters and leaders call for more protests or step back for a minute still too early to tell.
Another important thing to watch Leland thank you Leland that are leading our coverage they're in Cairo again today here's more it was more --