Ugandan Muslims to protest over anti-Islam film

AP News
Posted: Sep 21, 2012 6:51 AM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Some Muslim clerics in Uganda are calling for protests against a film made in the U.S. that mocks the Prophet Muhammad.

Sheikh Hassan Kirya, the spokesman for an influential group of Muslims, said Friday that such plans were "in their final stages" and could include a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Kampala.

In an emergency message, the U.S. Embassy reported Friday of the "heightened potential for anti-American demonstrations throughout Uganda ... due to the current wave of anti-Western sentiment."

It urged U.S. citizens to "keep a low profile and avoid unnecessary travel."

Uganda's Muslims are not known for extremism, but the protest plans come at a time of growing agitation among some who accuse the government of not doing enough to investigate the recent killings of four Muslim preachers.