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Anti-US protests spread to Australia

world Updated: Sep 16, 2012 01:42 IST

Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in Sydney on Saturday, as a wave of unrest against a film that mocks Islam spread to Australia, with bottles and shoes hurled outside the US consulate.

Furious protests targeting symbols of US influence flared in cities across the Muslim world on Friday.

At least six protesters died in Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon and Sudan as police there battled to defend American missions from mobs of stone-throwers, and Washington deployed US Marines to protect its embassies in Libya and Yemen.

In Sydney, Saturday shoppers looked on in surprise as protesters, including children, shouted “Down, down USA” and waved banners such as “Behead all those who insult the prophet”.

Meanwhile, Nakoula Besseley Nakoula, the alleged maker of the provocative anti-Islamic movie was taken early Saturday for questioning to a police station. The film depicting the Prophet as a thuggish deviant has offended many Muslims.