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Friday, January 05, 2007

Anti-Ethiopian protests rock Somali capital, protesters killed

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Somali angry demonstrators march in Mogadishu, Saturday, Jan 6, 2007. More than 400 protesters gathered at Tribunk Square in a southern neighborhood of Mogadishu, shouting 'Down, down with Ethiopia,' in reference to troops from the neighboring country that have been instrumental in the transitional government's takeover of the capital from Islamists who controlled it for six months. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)

Somali demonstrators block one of the roads in Mogadishu, by burning tires and branches Saturday, Jan 6, 2007


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Anti-Ethiopian protests rock Somali capital, protesters killed

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Ethiopian troops and Somali protesters exchanged fire in Mogadishu on Saturday killing three people, witnesses said, as hundreds of Somalis demonstrated against the foreign forces and a government disarmament drive.

And in a move likely to anger many Somalis, President Abdullahi Yusuf asked Ethiopia to train Somali armed forces, Ethiopian state television said.

Armed Ethiopian and Somali government forces guard the entrance of Mogadishu international airport January 6, 2007. (REUTERS/Shabelle Media)
Yemen's foreign minister was quoted as saying some Somali Islamist leaders, ousted by Ethiopian-backed government forces in a two-week war, were now in Yemen.

In Mogadishu, protesters hurled stones and burnt tyres, wreathing streets in smoke and reviving memories of the chaos that had largely stopped during six months of strict Islamist rule by the Somalia Islamic Courts Council.

"The Ethiopians opened fire and shot dead a young boy and a lady, they also killed another person," a witness said. Other witnesses agreed. (More...)

The Week in Review

  • Tuesday - January 2, 2007

  • [Ethiopian helicopters miss Somali target, bomb Kenya] - [Somali Islamists Refuse Amnesty Offer] - [Islamic Courts Abandon Kismayo, Establish "Shadow Governments"] - [Gunman kills Ethiopian soldiers in Jilib town] - [Poof! The Magic Jihadist!] - [Conversations with Jeffrey Sachs] - [Somali Islamists are gone, "khat" is back!] - [Ethiopian teenager missing ]

  • Wednesday - January 3, 2007

  • [War and Reaction in Ethiopia] - [Choosing Chaos Over Stability in Somalia] - [European Union pushes for new peace talks in Somalia] - [Islamist leaders on the run so far elude Somali-Ethiopian troops] - [Ethiopia to host Super Cup]

  • Thursday - January 4, 2007

  • [Top 20 of 2006]

  • Friday - January 5, 2007

  • [Ethiopian style repression in new Somalia - EHRCO condemns arrest of Somali reporters] - [Amnesty International fears Teachers' Association officials being tortured by Ethiopian government] - [Attack Ethiopia troops, Qaeda leader urges Somalis] - [Ethiopia says its forces to quit Somalia in 2 weeks] - [Somalia: Explosion in the capital aimed at Ethiopian troops] - [Unsure of peace, Somalis buy guns]