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Pro-American Libyans make their views known

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Angry protests over an anti-Islam film spread across the Muslim world Friday, with demonstrators scaling the walls of U.S. embassies in Tunisia and Sudan, torching part of a German embassy and clashing with police in violence that left at least four dead.

Several hundred people protested in Cairo's Tahrir Square after weekly Muslim Friday prayers and tore up an American flag, waving the Islamist flag.

But there are also pictures of people saying that's not Islam. A large group of Libyans took to the streets in an anti-terrorism rally in Benghazi, holding up signs saying, "Sorry People of America. This is not the behavior of our Islam and Prophet."

A young woman held a sign that read "Thugs and Killers don't represent Benghazi nor Islam."

Mahmoud Kaheel, was born in Libya and is now the director of the Masjid Omar Almokhtar Mosque in Tampa. He says the majority of Libyans condemn the violence.

"Most of the Libyans are pro-America. We cannot forget the stand America took against the dictatorship, the downfall of Gadafhi. America was in support of the Libyan revolution and we will not forget that," Kaheel said.

Kaheel has lived in the United States for 38 years. He says his family back in Libya feel they have lost a friend with the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Kaheel says the anti-American protests are an attempt for extremists to create instability in the region.

He says Libyans, with America's help, must keep pushing towards a democratic government.

"The Libyan government is still weak, and they need a lot of intelligence information about these groups. And that's what America can provide, because we need to get rid of those elements. They are not helping the society, and they are not helping the image of Libya," he said.


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