Somalia: Minnesota Somali community rallied to support of the families of six young

Members of Minnesota's Somali community rallied at the Capitol Saturday, in support of the families of the men accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria
Members of Minnesota’s Somali community rallied at the Capitol Saturday, in support of the families of the men accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria

About 100 members of Minnesota’s Somali community rallied on the steps of the State Capitol Saturday in support of the families of six young men accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria Midnimo reported.

Participants said they are angry because they believe the young men are not being treated as though they are innocent until proven guilty. Rally organizer Mohamud Noor also called for state leaders to step in and support the Somali community by helping to identify who may be radicalizing young people.

“This is not a problem for the Somalis. It’s a Minnesota problem. It’s a US problem. It’s a global problem,” Noor said. “We can defeat this process if we all come together.”

The crowd also heard from Ayan Farah, mother of two of the arrested men. She said the young men had never been in trouble with the law before, and pleaded for other young people to avoid the path that led to her sons’ arrests.

The demonstrators said they are angry because they believe the young men are not being treated as though they are innocent until proven guilty.
The demonstrators said they are angry because they believe the young men are not being treated as though they are innocent until proven guilty.
Minnesota Somali community demonstrators said they are angry
Many at rally including children wearing shirts with images of those arrested on suspicion of trying to work for ISIS chant, “We are not ISIS” “Stop hurting our families.

Group chants “Islam is Peace” and “Free our bros

Many at rally wearing shirts with images of those arrested on suspicion of trying to work for ISIS.

Dozens, including children chant, “We are not ISIS” “Stop hurting our families”

 

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