Protests continue in wake of Saddam hanging

[JURIST] Sunnis demonstrated in the streets of Iraq Monday in continuing opposition to the Saturday execution [JURIST report] of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive; BBC obituary], which was captured on camera phone video [JURIST report] taken at the scene. Most notably, Sunni protestors in Samarra stormed into a damaged Shiite Mosque bearing a photograph of Hussein and a fake coffin. At a prison in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul, news of Hussein's execution also prompted rioting by inmates, many believed to be Sunni Arabs. Prisoners clashed with guards after learning of the news during visiting hours Monday, leaving seven prison officials and three inmates injured. AP has more. Reuters has additional coverage.

Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis have responded largely along sectarian lines [JURIST report] to news of Hussein's hanging, with Shiites celebrating in the streets Saturday as many Sunnis mourned the death of the ousted Iraqi president. World leaders have also been divided [JURIST report] on the execution, with many European nations criticizing the imposition of the death penalty.

 

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