13 Sep 2012
Washington has condemned the killing of its ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other officials - who died when an armed mob attacked the US consulate in Benghazi. The bloodshed followed protests over an American film, which has been described as an insult to Islam. RT talks to Lindsay German from the British Stop the War Coalition. She contends that the the making of the film was a provocative act, but that the protests could not have taken off in this manner if there was not already a very wide level of discontent in the region.
Editor's Note: You might also be interested in this report from Democracy Now! where author of Arab Spring, Libyan Winter, Vijay Prashad, reports that this is not the first incident of its kind. In 2006, during the height of the Danish cartoon controversy, there was a demonstration of more than a thousand people in front of the Italian consulate in Libya, because an Italian minister, Roberto Calderoli, had worn a T-shirt, which had that Danish cartoon on it. At that demonstration, the Gaddafi regime opened fire on the crowd, killing 11 people.