It’s time to stop calling everyone an Islamist – a term created by and for Westerners. They are Muslims. They want sharia law. They wage jihad to implement it. They kill other Muslims wantonly. via Mali Islamists beat journalist after sharia plan thwarted – Yahoo! News.
Islamists occupying northern Mali beat a radio presenter for reporting on their failed efforts to amputate a thief’s hand as an embattled interim regime in the capital struggled to win back confidence.
Amid attempts by Islamists to enforce sharia in the occupied vast desert north, the government vowed Monday to work flat out to regain lost territory and underscored its commitment to secularism.
However protesters demanding the resignation of interim President Dioncounda Traore took to the streets of the capital Bamako and police fired tear gas to disperse them.
In the extremist-occupied north, radio presenter Abdoul Malick Maiga was in the Gao hospital on Monday after a thrashing by the town’s Islamist rulers.
“He regained consciousness but is still in intense pain,” a doctor at the hospital told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“He has scratches on his eye. He explained that the Islamists came to arrest him as he was commenting on the population’s refusal to accept the amputation of a thief’s hand,” he added.
Another doctor said the presenter had been beaten “with a stick by the Islamists who accused him of criticising them.”
Hundreds of people protested on Sunday night in Gao demanding Maiga’s release from detention and set fire to a car belonging to a leader of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) which controls Gao.
The Islamists fired shots into the air to disperse the crowd.
On Saturday MUJAO announced on private radio they would amputate the thief’s hand at a town square, but hundreds of protesters on Sunday stormed the square to prevent them from carrying out the sentence.
According to local sources, the accused was a young MUJAO recruit who had stolen weapons to re-sell them.
“We don’t want to know what this young man did, but they are not going to cut his hand off in front of us,” a resident said on Sunday.
Here in the U.S. these protesters would be labeled racist, hate-mongering Islamophobes and xenophobes. And terror-linked groups like CAIR would call for FBI investigations wherein Eric Holder would immediately send Team Islamophilia to the rescue.
This is the first report of the extremists trying to stage an amputation since they occupied the north of the country four months ago.
The residents of Gao have struck out against the occupation, and MUJAO had eased up on applying Islamic law after violent anti-Islamist protests in May left one dead.
In the small town of Aguelhok, another armed Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) publicly stoned an unmarried couple to death late last month.
Just like they beheaded Daniel Pearl and viciously gang-raped Lara Logan. This is Islam.