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50 Killed Over Miss World Article in Nigeria

MrsGuga, thought you'd be interested in the happenings of your country.



50 Killed Over Miss World Article
Thu Nov 21, 8:30 PM ET

By GLENN McKENZIE, Associated Press Writer

LAGOS, Nigeria - Angry mobs stabbed and set fire to bystanders Thursday in rioting that erupted after a newspaper suggested Islam's founding prophet would have approved of the Miss World (news - web sites) beauty pageant. At least 50 people were killed and 200 injured.


The violent demonstrators in the northern city of Kaduna burned churches and rampaged through the streets until hundreds of soldiers were deployed to restore calm and enforce a dusk-to-dawn curfew.


"A lot of people died. We don't know yet exactly how many ... more than 50," said Emmanuel Ijewere, the president of the Nigerian Red Cross.


Street demonstrations began Wednesday with the burning of an office of ThisDay newspaper in Kaduna after it published an article questioning Muslim groups that have condemned the Miss World pageant, to be held Dec. 7 in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.


Muslim groups say the pageant promotes sexual promiscuity and indecency.


"What would (the prophet) Muhammad think? In all honesty, he would probably have chosen a wife from among them (the contestants)," Isioma Daniel wrote in Saturday's article.


The newspaper ran a brief front-page apology on Monday, followed by a more lengthy retraction on Thursday, saying the offending passage had run by mistake.


In Thursday's rioting, more than 50 people were stabbed, bludgeoned or burned to death and 200 were seriously injured, Ijewere told The Associated Press.


At least four churches were destroyed, he said.


Many of the bodies were taken by Red Cross workers and other volunteers to local mortuaries. Many people remained inside homes that were set afire by the demonstrators, Ijewere said.


Shehu Sani of the Kaduna-based Civil Rights Congress said he watched a crowd stab one young man, then force a tire filled with gasoline around his neck and burn him alive. Sani said he saw three other bodies elsewhere in the city.

Alsa Hassan, founder of another human rights group, Alsa Care, said he saw a commuter being dragged out of his car and beaten to death by protesters.

Schools and shops hurriedly closed as hordes of young men, shouting "Allahu Akhbar," or "God is great," ignited makeshift street barricades made of tires and garbage, sending plumes of black smoke rising above the city. Others were heard chanting, "Down with beauty" and "Miss World is sin."

Hundreds of police and soldiers were deployed to restore calm. Riding in pickup trucks, they fired tear gas at protesters marching through otherwise abandoned streets waving tree branches and palm fronds.

State government officials declared a curfew of 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Previous riots in Kaduna, a largely Muslim city with a sizable Christian minority, have escalated into religious battles that killed hundreds since civilian government replaced military rule in 1999.

Islamic fundamentalist groups have for several months warned of protests against the Miss World pageant, prompting organizers to postpone the finale until after the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The pageant has also drawn protests from other parts of the world.

Contestants from five countries — Costa Rica, Denmark, Switzerland, South Africa and Panama — are boycotting the event because Islamic courts in Nigeria have sentenced several unmarried women to death by stoning for conceiving babies outside wedlock. Nigeria's government insists none of the judgments will be carried out, although it has refused to intervene directly.

Miss World publicist Stella Din said pageant organizers hoped calm would quickly return to Kaduna.

"We are very, very sad that it has come to this — even if there is a loss of one life, it makes us sad. We are appealing to all to please exercise restraint," Din said.



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Muslim groups say the pageant promotes sexual promiscuity and indecency.
which of course would be wrong..

stabbing people to death, burning churches and buildings in the name of religion, however, is the path to righteousness
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You need to understand this had nothing to do with Miss World, but rather a ill concieved story that had no matter or basis of truth in it. As much as I abhor violence and associated trends, lets not forget the strong believes that these people have and to to throw a incorrect, politically numbing story, into the general arena has and always will cause this grief. I do not think you need to look to far into the mix to see who is really behind this, it looks good for the so called rabble to play up, it will make it easier for other countries to "Fall into Line"

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Let's have more sexual promiscuity and indecency, please. They're always cheering after a tough day. I like them even more than smilies. All those religious nuts don't know what they're missing.


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That was irresponsable of the writer to write such an article while tensions are so high in the region over the pageant already.

I wonder if there are any laws on the books there to charge this person with inciting these riots. He did a good job in inflamming the populace there.

It's a shame that so many people lost their lives.
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I am glad that at least one other person seen the obvious attempt by the writer of the original story to be nothing short of "incite".

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Nigeria is on the brink of something...



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That was irresponsable of the writer to write such an article while tensions are so high in the region over the pageant already.

I wonder if there are any laws on the books there to charge this person with inciting these riots. He did a good job in inflamming the populace there.
Oh, what sanctimonious rubbish. People are entitled to *write* what they like. If others respond with violence, that's entirely their responsibility.

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i agree with jouissant

people stabbed a man, poured gasoline on a tire, put his head through it, and burned him alive

and it's the reporter's fault? People are responsible for their own actions... if everyone responded that way everytime they read something that angered them imagine the horror
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It's not "rubbish" at all. Everyone knows that tensions are high already because of the stonning issue of the young lady for adultery. What did this guy want to proove by writing THAT type of article while contestants are already there now. He put many peoples lives in danger by taking a very sensitive issue (religion)and exploiting it just to make a point.

No doubt the government should be held accountable if it goes through with the execution of this woman.

I'm just hoping that the pageant can go off without too many problems and the contestants get out of there with their lives.
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So if I express some view that is unpopular in my society - say I live in a society that hates homosexuals and I come out in favour of gay rights in a strong way - and some fuckwit responds withj violence..... that's *my* fault, is it? So much for free speech.

CHOCO, you are full of bullshit.

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just because free speech with some limits exist where you come from doesn't mean the whole world has the same amount of respect for free speech.

Again, the writer should've excercised some COMMON SENSE and not write such an INFLAMMATORY article. His paper should share in the blame for causing this bloodshed.

BTW, you know damn well you can't say anything and everything in your country without some consequences.

Just because I have free speech doesn't mean I can go into a crowded theatre and yell FIRE!!
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The newspaper ran a brief front-page apology on Monday, followed by a more lengthy retraction on Thursday, saying the offending passage had run by mistake.


Well...
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