Politics: Violence in countries across the globe as Islamic uprisings spread

Published by: Robert Laurie on Friday September 14th, 2012

Robert Laurie

By ROBERT LAURIE - Meanwhile, the President meets with Olympians and heads to a fundraiser.

UPDATE at 1:00 PM: President Obama will be adressing the nation shortly.

Just to recap the situation over the last three days, here's a rundown of the uprisings which began in the Middle East. They have now spread to multiple countries throughout the Arab world and Europe.

September 11th

  • United States embassy in Cairo, Egypt attacked by angry mob.  Flag torn down, destroyed, and temporarily replaced with a black flag bearing the words "No God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet."
  • United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya attack by anti-American mob and possible terrorist militants.  Building burned, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens killed with a member of his staff and two marines. At least 8 others injured.

September 13th

  • Mob kills four people and injures dozens more outside the U.S. embassy in Yemen.  Many managed to scale walls and storm the grounds.  Marines were dispatched to the scene Friday morning.

September 14th

  • Rioters attack German and British embassies in Khartoum, Sudan.  Clashes with police are ongoing and worsening.
  • In Lebanon, protests turn violent and one person is killed when a mob sets fire to a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

Smaller demonstrations have been reported across the globe, including:

  • In Bangladesh, several thousand protestors called for the punishment of the American filmmaker, before burning a U.S. flag.
  • The United States has evacuated its embassy in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Over a thousand people turned out to burn an effigy of Barack Obama in Jalalabad, Afghanistan
  • Both the Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip are witnessing mass protests involving thousands of demonstrators. 

Meanwhile, the White House has released Barack Obama's schedule for the day. It includes:

  • 9:25 AM - The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing - Closed Press
  • 10:05 AM - The President and the First Lady welcome the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House
  • 12:30 PM - The President and the Vice President meet for lunch - Closed Press
  • 7:00 PM - Attend a campaign event at a private residence. - Closed Press

Maybe he can find time between his lunch with Joe Biden and his evening fundraiser to deal with the little matter of the pesky violence breaking out all over the world.