16 April 2013

Somalia: An Angry Public Demonstration Against Al-Shabaab Attacks

Photo: Capital FM
Al-Shabaab militia have threatened to launch more attacks in the against the government (file photo).

Thousands of citizens demonstrated in Mogadishu on Monday to denounce Al-Shabaab attacks on the Supreme Court in Mogadishu and on a Turkish Red Crescent and AMISOM convoy on Sunday (April 14th), in which a total of 32 people were killed including two famous Somali lawyers, and 58 others wounded.

Angry demonstrators, many women and teenagers, gathered in Heliwaa district, in the north of the capital. Following a meeting with top security officials after the attacks, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud urged members of the public to join the government and take part in what he called 'the new fight' against al Shabaab which he described as a "common enemy that is not stoppable by a single person or group, people should face them from a single direction."

General Abdihakin Saeed Dahir Saeed, the deputy chief of police, who called the attacks acts of desperation, also called on the Somali people needed to help police identify and dismantle the group's remaining cells. The attacks have been condemned by the Turkish Foreign Ministry and by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission. A statement by the High Representative stressed the EU "stands firmly with the Somali people and Government and remains committed to supporting Somalia's reconstruction."

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