Anti-'Innocence of Muslim' Protests Expand, Suspected Filmmaker Nakoula Taken In For Questioning

 @MayaErgas on September 17 2012 11:46 AM
Nakoula Taken Into LA Police Station
Los Angles County Sheriff's officers escort an unidentified person out of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula's home in Cerritos, Calif., early Saturday. Nakoula is under investigation for possible probation violations stemming from the production of an anti-Islam video that has triggered violent protests against the U.S. in the Muslim world. Reuters

Anti-"Innocence of Muslim" protests entered their second week: protests broke out and turned violent last Friday in Tunis, Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and Chennai, India. In Tunis, four people were killed and 46 injured, Reuters reported.

Smaller protests also occurred in Israel, Iraq, Pakistan, the U.K., France, the Netherlands. Protests continued over the weekend in Tahrir Square in Cairo.

In Sydney, Australia on Saturday, 500 protestors demonstrated outside the U.S. Consulate, carrying signs that said "Behead all those who insult the Prophet," and shouting "Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell," Australian outlet ABC news reported.

The protests turned violent in the afternoon when the police arrived and fired tear gas and pepper spray into the crowd, who returned the volley with bottles. The Sydney Morning Herald reported "several" arrests and 10 ambulances on the scene.

Also on Saturday in Marawi City, Philippines, 300 protestors burned the American flag, but no one was hurt.

Al-Qaeda came out over the weekend and praised the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, calling it a "great event," ABC news said. The terrorist group has been implicated in the attack, but so far has not come forward to claim responsibility. Libyan authorities have made more than 50 arrests in connection with the September 12 attack, CNN said.

In Kabul on Monday, protestors threw stones at a U.S. military base, and torched cars, the Daily Mail reported. No one was seriously hurt. Protestors inside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia hurled gas bombs at police, AFP said.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles on Saturday, federal authorities took Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, the alleged maker of the film that has sparked the protests, in for questioning. Nakoula emerged from his home wearing a large winter overcoat, a scarf over his face, sunglasses, and a hat shoved low over his eyes. He went with the authorities voluntarily; no handcuffs were used.

LA County Deputy Sheriff Don Walker told the AP , "He went to the Cerritos [police] station to talk with probation officers. He's not under any arrest."

Nakoula was previously arrested and served jail time for bank fraud. He is banned from using computers or the Internet as part of his sentence, the AP said, and he was questioned over possible probation violations.

Nakoula denied to the AP that he is the "Sam Bacile" on whose YouTube account the video was posted, but said that he knows him.

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