MOGADISHU, Somalia - Hundreds of enraged protesters marched through the streets of Mogadishu on Monday to protest against the Shabab, a militant Islamist insurgent group, in one of the largest demonstrations in recent years.
Men, women and children flooded the rubble strewn center of town and shouted out slogans against the Shabab, who have steadily alienated the population by imposing amputations and digging up the graves of revered Islamic clerics.
“We don’t want grave diggers and we don’t want the Shabab!” the protesters yelled.
The protest was led by a moderate Islamist group of Sufi clerics who have driven the Shabab out of several towns in central Somalia. Sheik Abdulkadir Mohamed Somow, one of the Sufi clerics, told the crowd that their group, AhluSunna Wal Jama, “will not tolerate further the Shabab’s grave excavation activities in Mogadishu” and he called upon Somalis to wage holy war against the Shabab.
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