Shabelle Media Network (
January 6, 2007
Aweys Osman Yusuf
Violent protests against the government's plan to disarm people in
Hundreds of people, most of them women and young people, have burnt tires and have thrown stones at the cars passing by the streets where the demonstrators staged their protest.
The demonstrations are taking place at "21 October Square" known as Tribunka and KM4 junction at the center of the capital. Many schools that were supposed to be opened today are still closed in fear of violence and insecurity.
Protestors chanted anti-Ethiopian slogans. Most of the people in
Ali Abdi, one of the protestors in
The spokesperson of the Somali government Abdirahman Dinari told Shabelle Radio by the phone that the disarmament plan was delayed indefinitely. "After local tribal elders and intellectuals have met Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi over the disarmament plan, the government decided to delay the plan," he said.
Dinari stopped short to say when the government would begin the disarming the civilian population. "He said people have worries and they need security guarantees from the government and they have right to demand a full security," he said.
American diplomat to arrive in
The first American diplomat, assistant secretary of State for African affairs, is due to arrive in