Insulting religion should be criminalized: Nasrallah
Published Monday, September 17, 2012
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned the United States of "very dangerous consequences" should a full-version of the 13-minute anti-Islam film trailer be released.
“The United States should know that broadcasting the full version of the movie will have very, very, very dangerous consequences across the world,” Nasrallah said in a 15-minute speech addressing thousands of supporters at rally in Beirut's southern suburbs.
"All our people and governments must put pressure on the international community to issue international and national laws to criminalize insults of the three world religions," he said, referring to Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
"The world does not understand the breadth of the humiliation," he said. "The world must understand the depth of our bond with our prophet."
Thousands of his supporters marched through the streets waving the flags of Hezbollah and its main Shia ally Amal while shouting "Death to America" and "Death to Israel," heeding Nasrallah's calls Sunday to protest the US-produced, low-budget YouTube film.
Nasrallah previously described the film as the "worst attack ever on Islam."
The peaceful protest, which came after a weekend of violent demonstrations across Arab capitals in which several US embassies were attacked, stayed well away from US mission located through some hills in the city of Awkar north east of Beirut.
It followed a three-day visit to Lebanon by Pope Benedict who used his trip to call for reconciliation between Muslims and Christians.
On Friday, one person was killed in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli in protests against the film which depicts the prophet as a womanizer and homosexual.
The US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed last week in an attack on the consulate in Benghazi.