Mauritania is notorious as a country where slavery is still widely and openly practiced. It’s a quintessentially Muslim country.
The following video report describes mass demonstrations in Mauritania demanding stricter punishments for blasphemy — that is, they want their legal system to impose an exact application of the Shariah, based on the Koran and the sunna.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:04||Thousands of Mauritanians descended on the streets|
|00:08||of Nouakchott on Friday following the call of the local imams.|
|00:12||Internet posts by a young Mauritanian considered blasphemous caused the explosion of protests.|
|00:16||The text, removed a couple of hours after its posting, allegedly commented critically|
|00:20||on the decisions made by the Prophet and his companions.|
|00:24||He also accuses Mauritanian society of perpetuating the un-egalitarian social order|
|00:28||inherited from that time. The author defends the low castes|
|00:32||such as the smiths, which he describes as marginalized and disadvantaged|
|00:36||from birth. On Friday thousands of youths surged towards the presidential palace|
|00:40||in order to demand the death penalty. The head of the Mauritanian state|
|00:44||promised to defend the sacred quality of Islam.|
|00:49||“Mauritania isn’t secular. Everybody has to understand that this country|
|00:53||is an Islamic state and that democracy doesn’t mean|
|00:57||threatening the sacred values and symbols of the religion.”|
|01:01||The local imams|
|01:05||asked the Mauritanian president to reunite the entirety of ulema [Muslim scholars]|
|01:09||to use Islamic law against this man. The author of the text|
|01:13||was brought to justice and incarcerated in the central prison|
|01:17||of Nouadhibou, his place of origin.