Sunday, June 11, 2006

Somolia's Islamic militants censors world cup soccer.

Africa: It didn't take long for the people to realize they just got rid of one cancer to be replaced by something even worse in some respects.

MOGADISHU, Somalia Jun 11, 2006 (AP)— Islamic militiamen who have seized control of Somalia's capital fired guns in the air and cut electricity to makeshift cinemas to prevent people from watching the World Cup, witnesses said. The Islamic Courts Union broke up gatherings to watch the soccer matches Saturday, witnesses said. A strict interpretation of Islamic law often bans Western films and television as immoral. "As soon as the Islamists took over the security of our city, we thought we would get freedom. But now they have been preventing us from watching the World Cup," said Adam Hashi-Ali, a teenager in Mogadishu. The unrest came as the Islamic militia's leader said he does not want to impose a Taliban-style government, a significant shift from his earlier calls for a strict Islamic republic. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed also denied U.S. claims that the group shields terrorists, including al-Qaida members wanted by the United States for the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, in the troubled and impoverished Horn of Africa. "American concerns are based on misconception," the 41-year-old leader said Saturday. "Islamic courts do not harbor foreign terrorists." He added: "We do not want to impose sharia law. We will accept the views of the Somali people."

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