Armed Mob Wants British Teacher Dead

Teddy bear case turns uglier as thousands protest in Khartoum
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2007 11:24 AM CST
Angry Sudanese protesters burn a newspaper carrying a photo of British teacher Gillian Gibbons, during a protest in Khartoum, Sudan, after Friday prayers, Friday Nov. 30, 2007, The protestors called for...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – An armed mob thousands strong protested in front of the presidential palace in Khartoum today, demanding the execution of the British teacher who allowed her students to name a teddy bear "Mohammed." Meanwhile, Britain's first Muslim MP is flying to Sudan to push for the teacher's early release, the London Times reports.

Protesters emerged from mosques, many holding clubs and knives. They burned images of the teacher, Gillian Gibbons, and harassed Western journalists; the Times reporter felt threatened enough to leave the area. The MP, Lord Ahmed, refused comment but has visited Sudan in the past and apparently hopes to influence the government to reconsider Gibbons' imprisonment . (Read more Sudan stories.)