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Somalis Protest Against Non-Islamic Rule

From Al Qaeda’s diehard fans at the Associated Press:

Somali boys run and chant slogans during a protest in the capital Mogadishu, January 6, 2007.

Somali fighters: We’ll heed al Qaeda’s call

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s interim government on Saturday indefinitely postponed plans to forcibly disarm Mogadishu, as hundreds of people burned tires, looted vehicles and said they wouldn’t give up their guns. Two people were reported killed and at least 17 people were wounded.

The protest came a day after al Qaeda’s deputy leader called on Muslim militants to attack Ethiopian troops, who helped government forces chase Somalia’s Islamic militia from the capital last week. Some Islamic fighters hiding in Mogadishu said they would heed the call.

About 400 protesters gathered at Tribunka Square in a southern neighborhood, shouting, "Down, down with Ethiopia," and demanding an end to the disarmament plan.

"We don’t want disarmament only in Mogadishu. We want all the people [of Somalia] and all the clans to be disarmed simultaneously," said Dahil Abukar, one of the protesters.

Gunfire broke out during the demonstration, but it was not immediately clear what set off the violence.

A nurse at Medina Hospital said a government soldier was killed when his own hand grenade exploded accidentally. Dr. Dahir Mohamud at the same hospital said a 13-year-old boy was killed by bullets and the hospital was treating 17 other people wounded by gunshots.

Abdirahman Dinari, spokesman for the 2-year-old U.N.-backed transitional government, told The Associated Press that plans to forcibly disarm the city this week had been delayed.

"The prime minister has decided to postpone disarming people by force until an unspecified time," Dinari said. He did not say why Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi reversed his stand.

The ease with which Somalis can get weapons is a major problem in this chaotic African nation. It has not had an effective government since clan-based warlords toppled a military dictatorship in 1991 and plunged the country into anarchy.

The Council of Islamic Courts militia had brought a semblance of stability to Mogadishu after seizing control six months ago, but it terrified residents with a version of Quranic rule that included public executions and floggings of criminals

Some of the fighters in hiding told The Associated Press on Thursday that they would heed a call from Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s deputy, for guerrilla attacks and suicide bombings against the troops from Ethiopia, which has a large Christian population.

"I am committed to die for the sake of my religion, and the al Qaeda deputy’s speech only encourages me to go ahead with my holy war," 18-year-old Sahal Abdi in Mogadishu said in a phone interview.

Leaders of the Islamic movement previously vowed to launch an Iraq-style guerrilla war…

The Associated Press gamely tries to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for their heroes.

You see the chaos that comes when you don’t live under Al Qaeda and the blessings of sharia law?

The Council of Islamic Courts militia had brought a semblance of stability to Mogadishu after seizing control six months ago, but it terrified residents with a version of Quranic rule that included public executions and floggings of criminals.

What silly people. Why should they object to being beheaded for watching soccer or not praying five times a day?

Don’t they want "stability"?

Leaders of the Islamic movement previously vowed to launch an Iraq-style guerrilla war…

Meaning they will kill innocent people not of their sect until they are given total power.

No wonder the AP admires them so.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 6th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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