ISLAMABAD (AP) — Marked by the U.S. Embassy seal, advertisements condemning an anti-Islam video appeared on Pakistani television today in an attempt to undercut anger against the United Statesd. Hundreds of youths, however, clashed with security as they tried to reach the embassy in Islamabad amid anger over the film’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.
The ads appear to be an effort by the U.S. government to dampen chaos and and undo damage to America’s image in the Muslim world. Violence linked to the movie has left at least 30 people in seven countries dead, including the American ambassador to Libya. Two people have died in protests in Pakistan.
The decision by a French satirical magazine to release cartoons crudely depicting the prophet has added to the tension, as may the upcoming issue of the German satirical magazine Titanic. The magazine’s co-editor Martin Sonneborn said it was up to readers to decide if the cover of an Arab wielding a sword actually depicts the Prophet Muhammad.
The movie, portrays the prophet as a fraud, womanizer and child molester.
The ads in Pakistan feature clips of press appearances President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in wich they condemned the video. Their words were subtitled in Urdu. “We absolutely reject its content and message,” said Clinton.