JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The U.S. has
closed its diplomatic missions in Indonesia ahead of expected continuing
protests over an anti-Islam film.
American Embassy in Jakarta and consulate offices in Surabaya, Medan and
Bali were closed Friday. The U.S. Mission to the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations also was shut.
Water cannons were deployed and spools of razor wire were rolled out in front of the embassy.
The embassy website warned that demonstrations could also focus on U.S. businesses, especially fast food restaurants.
protests often follow Friday prayers in Indonesia. On Monday, a
demonstration at the embassy turned violent when protesters hurled rocks
and Molotov cocktails.
Muslims worldwide have
been enraged over the American-produced film "Innocence of Muslims,"
which denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.