Cleric’s detention sparks Kenya protest
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