Hezbollah leader calls for continued protests

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Sheik Hassan Nasrallah

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader, Beirut, Lebanon (AP photo)

BEIRUT (AP) – There may be no end in sight to the protests in the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film.

In Lebanon today, the leader of the country’s powerful Hezbollah group called for sustained protests. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has rarely been seen in public during the past several years, because of fears of an assassination. But he spoke today for about 15 minutes before hundreds of thousands of cheering supporters.

Nasrallah said the U.S. must ban the movie and have it removed from the Internet. And he called on his followers to keep up the pressure. He said, “As long as there’s blood in us, we will not remain silent over insults against our prophet.”

Unlike protests elsewhere, today’s demonstration was peaceful. But amid the anti-American protests, diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut have started to destroy classified material as a security precaution, and they sent local Lebanese employees home early.

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