BAKU—Police in Azerbaijan detained some 30 Muslim activists Monday while preventing a protest from breaking out near the US embassy over a film mocking Islam that has triggered uproar in the Arab world, AFP reported.
More than 100 protesters chanting “God is Great” attempted to reach the embassy in the Baku and stage an unauthorized rally against the US-produced film.
They were kept from advancing on the building by police wielding batons, with several protesters injured in the resulting clashes, an AFP correspondent said.
The embassy earlier Monday had issued a warning to US citizens about a protest “assumed to be connected to other anti-American demonstrations ongoing worldwide.”
The low-budget film, entitled “Innocence of Muslims,” has sparked fury for mocking the Prophet Mohammed and portraying Muslims as immoral and violent.