Islamists Welcome Pope to Lebanon By Torching KFC and Hardees in Tripoli (Video)

Pope Benedict arrived in Lebanon today as violent protests swept across the Middle East.

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon today and urged peace at a time of great turmoil in the Middle East. The trip will take the pope to the nation with the largest percentage of Christians in the Middle East — nearly 40 percent of Lebanon’s 4 million people, with Maronite Catholics the largest sect.

Violence broke out in Tripoli as Pope Benedict arrived.
Hundreds of protesters set alight a Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Hardee’s restaurant in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday, witnesses said, chanting against the pope’s visit to Lebanon and shouting anti-U.S. slogans.

A Hardee’s and a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) fast food outlet burns after protesters set the building on fire in Tripoli, northern Lebanon. (Reuters)

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