London: Around 10,000 Muslims gathered outside the offices of Google in London to protest the anti-Islam film and force the company to remove it from YouTube in Britain.
A bigger protest will be organised in the coming days in Hyde Park.
“Our next protest will be at the offices of Google and YouTube across the world. We are looking to ban this film,” The Telegraph quoted Masoud Alam, the organiser of the London protests, as saying.
“This is not freedom of expression, there is a limit for that. This insult of the Prophet will not be allowed.”
The protesters carried placards saying: “Prophet Mohammed is the founder of freedom of speech” and “We love our prophet more than our lives”.
Dozens of imams delivered speeches in Arabic, Urdu and English and urged Muslims to honour the name of the Prophet (PBUH).
Sheikh Fayez al-Aqtab Siddiqui said, “Terrorism is not just people who kill human bodies, but who kill human feelings as well. The makers of this film have terrorized 1.6 billion people.”
“Organisations like Google are key players and have to take responsibility for civility. You can’t just say it doesn’t matter that it’s freedom of speech. It’s anarchy,” he said.
According to the website, a YouTube spokesperson said: “We work hard to create a community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different opinions.
“This can be a challenge because what’s OK in one country can be offensive elsewhere. This video—which is widely available on the Web—is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube.”