Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams said yesterday that measures have already been put in place in Trinidad and Tobago to deal with any fallout from a film titled Innocence of Muslims.
Last Tuesday the US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three of the embassy staff in Benghazi, Libya, were killed by Islamist gunmen who stormed the Benghazi consulate blaming America for the film which they said insulted Prophet Muhammad. Stevens and the others were killed on the very day Americans observed the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack which left nearly 3,000 dead.
The next day, September 12, the US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago announced it had stepped up security around it's Marli Street, Port of Spain office.
Yesterday's Sunday Express reported the head of the Islamic Front of Trinidad and Tobago, Umar Abdullah as saying that the United States Embassy at Marli Street, Port of Spain, is under threat because of the film. Excerpts of the video, posted on YouTube, depict the Prophet as a fraud, a womaniser and a madman.
"It is an issue which has raised concerns for us from a policing perspective and we have in fact focused on some strategies to implement," Williams said.
"We have started, by way of implementing immediately after the very first incident involving the killing of the US Ambassador, to do key things in Trinidad and Tobago in what I would call a proactive and preventative way."
Yesterday in a statement the Trinidad Muslim League (TML) said it strongly condemns last Tuesday's killings in Libya.
TML's public relations officer, Faisal Mohammed, said it also condemns all other similar acts of aggression committed against innocent people worldwide.
"It is widely believed that these attacks were in response to the production of a video that erroneously claims to represent the Prophet Muhammad, upon whom be peace," Mohammed said.
"We all know his biography and are fully aware that this portrayal in no way represents the truth. While we all feel deeply offended we believe that it does not justify such violent reactions. As we all know the Messenger (Muhammad) is loved and revered by Muslims worldwide and any comments about him could possibly lead to anger."
Mohammed said the Islamic religion teaches forgiveness, patience, love, respect and appreciation for the beliefs of others.
"We also recognise that internationally Muslims enjoy a good relationship with people of other faiths. Let us not allow the actions of a few misguided individuals to lead us to hate others. The Prophet (peace be upon him) should be our example in everything we do, and even though he was attacked and insulted many times throughout his life, he always reacted with compassion and forgiveness, never with hate or violence."
Calling on Muslims worldwide to desist from such acts of violence, the TML said they also believe that people are free to produce whatever they wish and describe Islam in whatever way they wish.
"These acts in no way will reduce the love and respect people have for the Prophet upon whom be peace. To react with violence is not the approach of the Prophet himself. Let us rise above the disrespect shown to us, let us be dignified in our behaviour, and let us treat all of God's creation as worthy and valuable. Let us pray for those who do wrong. The taking of innocent lives in no way represents our innate capacity to be righteous and tolerant."
The TML said it wishes to distance itself from threatening statements made against the United States and other embassy officials by individuals purporting to represent Muslims in Trinidad and Tobago.