Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon’s powerful Shiite Muslim group, made his call for protests in a televised speech broadcast just hours after Pope Benedict XVI left Lebanon following a historic three-day visit in which he prayed that Middle East leaders would work towards peace and reconciliation.
“The whole world needs to see your anger on your faces, in your fists and your shouts,” Nasrallah said, noting that he purposely postponed his call until after the pope’s departure.
“The whole world should know that the Prophet (Mohammed) has followers who will not be silent in the face of humiliation,” said Nasrallah.
Nasrallah also called for people across the Islamic world to demonstrate against the film, which he described as “the worst attack ever on Islam, worse than the Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, the burning of the Koran in Afghanistan and the cartoons in the European media”.
Nasrallah’s statement followed a call by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Saturday for more violence against US diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa, and urged attacks on US interests in the West.