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Sudanese call for teddy bear teacher’s death

November 30, 2007

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Sudanese call for teddy bear teacher’s death

DAILY NEWS STAFF

Friday, November 30th 2007, 10:59 AM

Thousands of Sudanese protesters, some brandishing swords and knives, demand the execution of British teacher Gillian Gibbons. AFP/Getty Thousands of Sudanese protesters, some brandishing swords and knives, demand the execution of British teacher Gillian Gibbons.

Colleagues said teacher Gillian Gibbons did not mean to insult Islam when she allowed her 7-year-old pupils name their teddy bear Muhammad.

 

 

 

 

Colleagues said teacher Gillian Gibbons did not mean to insult Islam when she allowed her 7-year-old pupils name their teddy bear Muhammad.

Thousands of protesters, many brandishing clubs and swords, took to the streets of Sudan’s capital Friday, demanding the execution of a British teacher who let her students name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Gillian Gibbons, 54, was found guilty Thursday of insulting Islam and sentenced to 15 days in jail. She was spared the more serious punishment of 40 lashes.

That angered many in Khartoum, who rallied in Martyrs Square outside the presidential palace. Protesters waved sticks, knives, axes and swords.

“Kill her, kill her by firing squad!” they chanted. “No tolerance, execution!”

Others shouted, “Shame, shame on the U.K.”

A cleric at Khartoum’s main Martyrs Mosque claimed Gibbons had intentionally insulted the Muslim faith.

“This an arrogant woman who came to our country, cashing her salary in dollars, teaching our children hatred of our Prophet Muhammad,” Abdul-Jalil Nazeer al-Karouri told worshippers at a Friday sermon.

“Imprisoning this lady does not satisfy the thirst of Muslims in Sudan,” he said.

“Gillian should never have been arrested, let alone charged and convicted of committing a crime,” he said.

With News Wire Services

 

Sudanese call for teddy bear teacher’s death

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