Protesters attacked U.S. government buildings in Egypt and Libya Tuesday night, The Rachel Maddow Show reported. A single Libyan security official is reported to have said that armed militiamen had killed a staff member at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Libyan security officials apparently did little to stop the attack.
The protesters were reacting to the 14-minute trailer, posted on YouTube, for an English-language film called Innocence of Islam. The film reportedly depicts and mocks the Prophet Muhammad, which is blasphemous in the Muslim faith. The Egyptian media reported that Washington-based members of the Coptic Christian community had produced the film, which led a mob to climb the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and tear down the American flag. The crowd apparently chanted, “We Are All Osama,” a reference to Osama Bin Laden. An Egyptian official, speaking anonymously, said the protest was allowed at first because it was “peaceful.”