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Italy: Embassies 'secure from protests over anti-Islam film'

last update: September 18, 10:57

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Rome, 18 Sept. (AKI) - Italy's embassies and consulates worldwide are safe and are being protected with "maximum vigilance" amid an eruption of Muslim anger over an anti-Islam film this past week which has left at least 19 dead.

This was the claim made by Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi on Tuesday in an interview with Italian state broadcaster Rai.

"We have taken all the necessary measures that the situation requires and we have no reason to directly fear protests or acts of violence just as we have no reason to believe that many Italians and Italian companies operating in these Muslim] countries are in danger," Terzi told the Rai Uno Mattina programme.

He urged individuals and media outlets to exercise "the utmost sense of responsibility...and responsibility" in relating to "political Islam" in order to safeguard people's lives.

An ultraconservative Salafite cleric in Egypt on Monday called for the death of all those involved in the US-made film, including its director and cast, according to the terrorism monitoring service SITE Intelligence Group.

The filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 55-year-old Egyptian Copt and fraudster who was sentenced to 21 months in prison in the US in June 2010, has not been seen since Saturday when he was questioned by his US parole officer.

The controversial movie which portrays the Prophet Mohammed as a womanising thug has sparked a week of furious protests outside US embassies and other American symbols in at least 20 countries after an Arabic version of the trailer was posted to the Internet.

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