(CAIRO) — The U.S. government is bracing itself for the fourth straight day of protests in Cairo and other parts of the Middle East as anger over a U.S.-produced film mocking the Prophet Mohammed continues to grow.
Many protesters have begun to take to the streets in Cairo and more protesters are expected to gather in Tahrir Square following Friday’s prayers.
The Muslim Brotherhood has announced that it has canceled their nationwide protests. The group had previously called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers in front of Mosques in all cities across Egypt “in response to the insults to the religious beliefs and the Prophet.”
Overnight, police in riot gear launched tear gas canisters into the sea of violent protesters, who were lighting fireworks, throwing stones and Molotov cocktails in return.
Many angry demonstrators are blaming the U.S. government for the film, Innocence of Muslims, and they want an official apology from President Obama.
A U.S. intelligence bulletin warned Thursday that the violent outrage aimed at U.S. embassies spawned by the movie could be spread to America by extremist groups eager to “exploit anger.”
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Angela Dewan and Euan McKirdy, CNN
Don Melvin, Joshua Berlinger and Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire