By Mohamed Olad Hassan: MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – Islamic militiamen in control of Somalia’s capital fired guns in the air and cut electricity to makeshift cinemas to prevent people from watching the World Cup, witnesses said.
“As soon as the Islamists took over the security of our city, we thought we would get freedom,” said Adam Hashi-Ali, a teenager in Mogadishu. “But now they have been preventing us from watching the World Cup.”
A strict interpretation of Islamic law often bans western films and television as immoral.
The development came on the same day the Islamic militia’s leader said he did not want to impose a Taliban-style government in Somalia, a significant shift from his earlier calls for a strict Islamic republic.
He added: “We do not want to impose sharia law. We will accept the views of the Somali people.” [source]
I’m not sure if this has been confirmed as it’s based on the accounts of witnesses. So take it with a grain of salt. Nevertheless the question here is not whether Somalia has replaced one evil with another. The question is not whether Sharia law says anything about western film, television or football (which of course it doesn’t). The question is not whether Somalia will indeed become a Taliban-style government (80% chance it will).
The question here is what channel were Somalians tuned to before the electricity was cut off? I know a lot of people who’d be interested to know.
If Goleo’s foot squishing Pille isn’t a metaphor for oppression then I dunno what is.