Hezbollah leader emerges for anti-film protest

ZEINA KARAM

Published: Monday, Sept. 17 2012 11:50 a.m. MDT

Demonstrations were also held Monday in the Indonesian cities of Medan and Bandung. Over the weekend in the central Java town of Solo, protesters stormed KFC and McDonald's restaurants, forcing customers to leave and management to close the stores.

German authorities are considering whether to ban the public screening of the film, titled "Innocence of Muslims" because it could endanger public security, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday. A fringe far-right political party says it plans to show the film in Berlin in November.

Iran's top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called on the West to block the film Monday to prove they are not "accomplices" in a "big crime," according to Iranian state TV.

Such an appeal falls into the major cultural divides over the film. U.S. officials say they cannot limit free speech and Google Inc. refuses to do a blanket ban on the YouTube video clip. This leaves individual countries putting up their own blocks.

Vogt reported from Kabul. Associated Press writers Abdullah Khan in Timergarah, Pakistan, Adil Jawad in Karachi, Pakistan, Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.

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