Cairo: Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has criticised a film mocking Prophet Mohammad, but has also warned that he will order a crackdown on angry protesters if they continue with their violent demonstrations outside the US embassy in Cairo.
“We Egyptians reject any kind of assault or insult against our prophet. I condemn and oppose all who... insult our prophet,” Mursi said.
“[But] it is our duty to protect our guests and visitors from abroad," said the president, who is on a visit to Brussels,” he said.
“I call on everyone to take that into consideration, not to violate Egyptian law... not to assault embassies," he added, referring to a Tuesday assault on the US mission in Cairo in which `protesters tore down the Stars and Stripes and replaced it with a black Islamic flag`.
According to News24, Mursi also slammed the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in neighbouring Libya, which claimed the lives of four American officials, including the ambassador.
“We condemn what happened in Benghazi,” the report quoted him, as saying.
“We all know that killing innocent people goes against Islam. The freedom to express opinions and demonstrate... are guaranteed but without attacks on private or public property, diplomatic missions or embassies,” he added.