Demonstrations over jailed UK teacher

You may have heard about the teacher from the UK jailed in Sudan for allowing her children to name a teddy bear Mohammad. 15 days in a Sudanese jail is already a disproportionately harsh response to something like this. Apparently not, according to protesters:

Some news agencies reported thousands of people took part in the protest, but a BBC reporter at the scene said up to a thousand marchers turned out.

According to some agencies, some of the protesters chanted: “Shame, shame on the UK”, “No tolerance – execution” and “Kill her, kill her by firing squad”.

One demonstrator told reporters that it was unacceptable to take a toy and call it Muhammad.

First of all, reports of the protest are probably exaggerated for dramatic effect. I mean, you can probably pick a few people out of a war protest in Austin and get some truly ludicrous statements out of them. But they did have a protest, and the point I’d like to make is this: don’t they have more important things to worry about in Sudan?

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