1,000 Somalians in Minnesota Protest in Support of Islamic Courts!
After mosque services, 1,000 Islamic Courts supporters rallied in Minnesota yesterday!
Somali women, including Nadifa Farah, who is holding the sign, joined a demonstration Saturday at Peavey Park in Minneapolis. (Star-Tribune)
The Pioneer Press has more on the Islamist Court supporters in Minnesota:
Going from prayer to protest, more than 1,000 Somalis took time out Saturday from one of their major holidays to denounce the entry of Ethiopian troops into their native country.
After attending mosque for the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha earlier in the day, Somalis huddled in the soggy cold of Peavey Park in Minneapolis, singing, chanting and holding up signs that said, “Ethiopia out of Somalia,” and “Their pain is our pain.”
Thousands of Ethiopian troops entered Somalia before Christmas, bombing two airports and then taking over the capital city of Mogadishu on Friday.
The city had been under the control of the Union of Islamic Courts, a group denounced by U.S. officials as terrorists but lauded by many of those gathered at the rally.
“The Islamic Courts are not terrorists!” said Hassan Mohamud, president of the Somali Institute for Peace and Justice, which organized the protest. Speaking to the crowd, which was arranged in a large circle, the men on one side, the women on the other, he said, “Ethiopian troops are terrorists!”
The country’s U.N.-recognized transitional government, which has been considered weak at best, invited the Ethiopians into Somalia. And many local Somalis said earlier this week that they celebrated the arrival of the troops.
A supporter of Ethiopian troops entering Somalia wandered into the group in the Phillips neighborhood park but was quickly escorted out by police, to the cheers of the crowd.
“He was creating a disturbance, and he had made reference to al-Qaida,” said Minneapolis police Lt. Rick Thomas. “It was obvious that he was here to cause trouble.”
Hassan Mohamud, president of the Somali Institute for Peace and Justice in Minneapolis, (and supporter of segregated girl scout troops!) was also in the news earlier this year for the taxi cab flap in Minnesota where Islamic drivers were refusing to carry passengers with alcohol.
This is what Hassan Mohamud said about the taxi flap at the Minnesota airport:
Mohamud adds that Americans need to learn about Islamic law because the Muslim population here is growing. That’s why the proposed two-tier system for airport cabdrivers is important, he says. It could become a national model for accommodating Islam in areas ranging from housing to contractual arrangements to the workplace.
How gracious of Hassan to prepare America for Sharia law. What a considerate man.