Cleric’s de­ten­tion sparks Kenya protest

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at­tempted protest had taken place at all, joined forces with the se­cu­rity forces and be­gan hurl­ing stones at the marchers, squeez­ing them back to­wards the mosque.

“This is not an ac­cept­able be­hav­iour.

“The man who is sup­posed to be de­ported is not a Kenyan and his pres­ence is not in the in­ter­est of Kenya th­ese days,” said by­stander Richard Odibo.

A he­li­copter clat­tered over­head and po­lice also used wa­ter can­non to con­tain the clashes. Many pro­test­ers, some car­ry­ing pic­tures of Faisal on plac­ards, were even­tu­ally cor­ralled in the mosque but small groups con­tin­ued hurl­ing stones nearby.

Faisal was vis­it­ing Kenya for a preach­ing tour. Kenyan in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials have said they fear his speeches could stoke rad­i­cal­ism in a coun­try that has suf­fered two al-Qaedalinked at­tacks.

Faisal was de­ported from Bri­tain in 2007 for preach­ing racial ha­tred and urg­ing his audiences to kill Jews, Hin­dus and Wester ners. He was ar­rested in Kenya on De­cem­ber 31.

Kenya’s im­mi­gra­tion min­is­ter Otieno Ka­jwang has de­clared Faisal a pro­hib­ited im­mi­grant. At­tempts by Kenya to de­port him failed last week be­cause Nige­ria re­fused to give him a tran­sit visa to Gam­bia.

Po­lice sources said Faisal was be­ing held at Nairobi’s in­ter­na­tional air­port. An­other source said the gov­ern­ment would hold him in cus­tody un­til he could be de­ported straight to Ja­maica.

“One per­son, a Ja­maican, how can he make the whole coun­try shut down? One per­son, how come no one in Ja­maica is de­fend­ing him?” said a man in a group that charged the Mus­lim pro­test­ers.

“Th­ese demon­stra­tors, they can go back home to So­ma­lia if they want to,” he said.

Kenya hosts some 300 000 So­mali refugees in refugee camps and there is a sig­nif­i­cant So­mali com­mu­nity in Nairobi. – Reuters

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