Demonstrators who breached a security wall on Thursday at the American Embassy in Yemen represent the latest addition to protests happening across the Middle East. On Tuesday an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other consular officials. Riot police in Egypt continued firing warning shots and tear gas early Thursday outside their U.S. Embassy in Cairo to keep of protesters back from the compound walls. The protests are unified over the online release of a film produced in the United States that denigrates Prophet Mohammed.
“The security forces don’t want this to escalate,” says Hakim Almasmari – a reporter stationed in Yemen, outside the U.S. Embassy in Sana'a.
Almasmari adds, “They are trying to do this as peaceful as possible…[Yemen security forces] know that if blood falls on the ground, this will only get worse. They are trying to use batons that’s needed. But as of now it has not gotten violent. And if it does, it will only be for the worse. And Yemen knows that if one is killed in this protest it could escalate…that is why they are using batons and a lot of wisdom in dealing with these protesters, though in the past many of the protestors at this place were violent over the last year or so.”
Almasmari goes on to say that all of the protestors’ anger are “linked to this video and nothing else.” “[Protestors] know that that video is the beginning of what could be a long-term movie war… They believe anything against the Prophet Mohammad should not be taken lightly… I'm pretty sure this will not get violent. Most of the Yemeni protesters are unarmed. As of now, they have no weapons…This is only to express anger and if security forces deal with it wisely, it will not get violent and in an hour or so it will come to an end.”