The protest, joined by many Muslims who hail from Pakistan and Myanmar, took place in the busy Shibuya shopping district. The film has sparked violent protests and riots in a number of Muslim countries aimed at the United States, even though the U.S. government had nothing to do with it.
Protestors gathered at a park near JR Shibuya Station to pray and then marched through the streets.
The protest was held to draw attention to the plight of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims, but the participants ended up criticizing the United States. One demonstrator held up a paper sign written in Japanese denouncing the blasphemous film, titled “Innocence of Muslims.”
Organizers said they are calling for another protest against the shady low-budget movie to be held in front of the U.S. Embassy next Friday.
According to The Associated Press, U.S. authorities have identified a Coptic Christian in California who is on probation for financial crimes as the key figure behind the anti-Muslim film.
The report said authorities concluded that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was behind the film. Some of the cast have reportedly complained that their voices were dubbed over with anti-Muslim lines without their knowledge.