ATHENS, Greece (The Blaze/AP) — Greek riot police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse Muslim protesters during a rally against a film produced in the United States that denigrates Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. No injuries were reported.
Police say six people were detained during Sunday’s demonstration in central Athens. About 600 people attended the rally, which featured heated speeches but was mostly peaceful. According to Reuters, protesters chanted “All we have is Muhammad” and held banners reading, “We demand an immediate punishment for those who tried to mock our Prophet Muhammad” as they prepared to march to the U.S. Embassy.
It briefly turned violent when some in the crowd clashed with riot police, throwing objects, including bottles, at them. Three cars were damaged and three storefronts smashed.
Police had cordoned off Omonia Square and prevented the protesters from marching to the U.S. Embassy, about two miles away.
Banners in English denounced the film, called on the U.S. to hang the filmmaker and told President Barack Obama “we are all with Osama.”
Greece is home to hundreds of thousands of Muslims, according to Reuters.