Convenient excuse.

BEIRUT – The head of Lebanon’s Shi’ite terrorist group Hezbollah on Sunday called for nationwide protests against a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad, saying the United States must be held accountable for the Internet video. Western embassies across the Muslim world remained on high alert and the United States urged vigilance after days of anti-American violence.

“We call for protests tomorrow in the southern suburbs (of Beirut) at 5 o’clock,” Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech.

“Muslims and Christians must remain vigilant in order to refrain from sliding towards strife. Those responsible for the film, starting with the US, must be held accountable.

“All these developments are being orchestrated by US intelligence,” he said, adding that the US government was using the excuse of freedom of speech in order to justify the continued broadcast of the film.

Nasrallah also called for demonstrations around Lebanon, including the southern coastal town of Tyre on Wednesday and the northern town of Hermel on Sunday.

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