Mauritanians rally for IRA chief release
Mauritanian anti-slavery activists rallied Saturday night (May 12th) in Nouakchott to demand the release of Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, the jailed chief of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA), ANI reported. Police used batons and tear gas to disperse the demonstration organised by the IRA and the "Don't Touch My Nationality" movement. Some 15 protestors were arrested.
The abolitionist was arrested two weeks ago for burning Maliki rite books at a square in the Nouakchott neighbourhood of al-Riyadh. He has criticised the Maliki rite as supporting slavery.
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