Monday, June 12, 2006

Wot? No World Cup football? In Somalia?

Hargeisa footballers 2, originally uploaded by CharlesFred.

The BBC has an amusing article about the World Cup and Somalia, brief extarcts of which are as follows:

"People in Mogadishu say an Islamist militia which has taken control of most of the city is preventing them from watching the football World Cup on TV.

Residents are angry at apparent moves by the militiamen now patrolling the streets to close down cinemas whose proprietors had arranged to show satellite television pictures of World Cup matches taking place in Germany.

It is not clear whether the new Islamist rulers in the city have a problem with people watching football.

Their spokesman, Sheikh Abdulkadir Ali Omar, indicated to the BBC it was the cinemas that were being targeted because they also showed Western and Indian films that the Islamists say are corrupting to the young."

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