ISLAMABAD — US Embassy advertisements condemning an anti-Islam video appeared on Pakistani television Thursday in an attempt to undercut anger against the United States where the film was produced. Hundreds of youths, however, clashed with security officials as they tried in vain to reach the embassy in Islamabad amid continuing outrage in many countries about the film’s vulgar depiction of the prophet Mohammed.
The ads reflected efforts by the US government to distance itself from the video in a nation where anti-American sentiment already runs high. Violence linked to the movie has left at least 30 people in seven countries dead, including the American ambassador to Libya. Two people have died in protests in Pakistan.